TURIN – A Conference Europa League, won by Rome. Then a Europa League final, lost by Inter in 2020. Before that, two Champions faded to the best, again for Juve, between Berlin and Cardiff against Barcelona in 2015 and Real Madrid in 2017. The international spoils of Italian teams in the last ten years it’s all here, a little too poor even though it is full of regrets, recriminations, and futile attempts to reduce an ever more evident gap towards the big Europeans.
And today this detachment seems to be only able to widen. A question of money, of course, perhaps also of credible long-term ideas and projects. So in June the top European clubs already seem stronger than before. While the great Italians find themselves in trouble, having to jump through hoops to combine technical needs with budget ones.
Trying to make a quick summary of the teams qualified in the Champions League, one can see how Milan in this delicate process of the transfer of ownership has so far substantially lost the captains Kessie and Romagnoli, has secured the agreement with Origin on a free transfer, although now fearing overtaking on the wire for the various Botman and Renato Sanches. After losing Perisic, Inter are betting everything on the couple in search of a raise but at a balance price like the one that would arrive in the event of agreements for Lukaku And Dybala, for the rest he knows that a single large sale (see Skriniar) would not be enough to complete the squad with the objectives already identified (see Asllani, Bellanova and Bremer). Juve is ready to welcome Pogba back, awaits a response from Di Maria, goes on with the casting while the outgoing market is blocked on transferable and instead resonates dangerously around a big like De Ligt, in January they arrived Vlahovic And Zakaria but in the meantime the same Dybala and also the various Chiellini, Bernardeschi and Morata have left. Finally, Napoli welcomed it Kvaratskhelia And Olivera, but he has lost Insigne and perhaps will say goodbye to Mertens, with the ever-increasing risk of seeing Koulibaly and Fabian Ruiz flee towards the highest bidder. On 1 September they will perhaps be stronger than last year, for now there is not a single team in the Champions League that is sure of being so.
Instead, in the rest of Europe, those who already dominated also moved ahead. The Real of the 14th Champions has already given to Ancelotti both Rüdiger than a 100 million midfielder like Tchouaméni of Monaco. First responses to Mbappé’s sensational refusal, who finally remained at the PSG which essentially bought him back and overpaid him (120 million at signing, 50 million net a year for three seasons), waiting to conclude the operation Vitinha for which the release clause of 40 million will be paid to Porto. Bayern risk losing Lewandowski given in the direction of Barcelona (who is waiting to formalize at least Kessie and Christensen) when they have paid off their debts? Meanwhile, he scores the super shot Mané of Liverpool for 32 million plus 10 bonus, which came later Gravenberch (18.5 million plus 5.5 bonus) e Mazraoui (released) of Ajax. In the meantime, Klopp had already been able to console himself with Nuñezpaid to Benfica 100 million between fixed part and bonus.
A round of super shots baptized by Manchester City who had already made official the signing of Haaland (60 million release clause paid) of Borussia Dortmund, in turn able to replace him immediately with the German starlet Adeyemi taken from Salzburg for 38 million. Even the Tottenham of Paratici and Conte are ready to get serious, just to start with zero has arrived Perisic but there will be hits in every department. And we are only at the beginning, waiting for the first moves of the new Swiss-American Chelsea: in Europe we run, Italy chases. Trying to figure out how to do it.
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