The news that Borussia Dortmund have signed Torino forward Ciro Immobile for £15.5million to replace the outgoing Robert Lewandoski comes as a major blow to Serie A and Italian football.
Immobile, who finished as the league’s top scorer during an impressive campaign where he found the net 22 times ahead of the likes of Luca Toni and Carlos Tevez, will be a huge void for the Italian minnows to fill for next term and leaves knowing he could achieve stardom over at the Westfalenstadion over the next few years.
It is yet more evidence that Serie A possesses far less appeal than the top tiers of football over in England, Spain and Germany.
Even French football, with the amount of money Paris St Germain and Monaco boast, is a league on the rise and threatening to join the others in usurping Italian football.
In England they have Luis Suarez, Robin Van Persie and Sergio Aguero. Spain and La Liga have Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Lionel Messi. Germany carry Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and the new Bayern superstar Lewandoski.
PSG have Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, whilst Monaco signed Radamel Falcao last summer and have been linked with a host of big names to help turn them into a superpower of the sport.
There is a pattern emerging, that the biggest and best players in world football no longer see challenging for the Scudetto title amongst the tactical astuteness of Italian football as an attractive option.
Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Paul Pogba may be the poster boys of the division, but they are not in the same bracket as the players in other leagues. Balotelli and Pogba have even been linked with moves to England and Spain respectively, with Arsenal and Real Madrid possible suitors.
The decline of the Milanese clubs shows just how much the league has plummeted when it comes to recruiting world superstars. AC, who endured a miserable season, turned to Adel Taarabt to arrest their slump last January, despite the Moroccan struggling in the Premier League with both Queens Park Rangers and Fulham.
Inter are keen to rebuild in order to bridge the gap with champions Juventus, and have been linked with Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez and Chelsea’s Fernando Torres. Both would be great signings for the Nerazzurri, but both have struggled at their respective clubs and their departures would not take much negotiating.
Italian football has hit a new low with Immobile’s exit. He is destined for stardom, but not in the league of his native homeland.
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