Serie A sides Juventus and Inter Milan have been busy in the transfer market as they have both secured big signings in the form of Mario Mandzukic from Atletico Madrid and Geoffrey Kondogbia from AS Monaco respectively.
Italian football has been questioned in recent years due to its dip in prestige, but several clubs are expected to be busy this summer in order to bring the glory days back, and these two signings are a step in the right direction for Italy and Serie A.
Juventus Transfer Activity
Juventus, who won their fourth consecutive league title this season, stepped up their game this year and managed to finally perform in Europe, finishing runners-up in the Champions League, but they've already been active trying to strengthen and go one step further next year.
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Sami Khedira has arrived from Real Madrid on a free transfer, whilst Paulo Dybala has also signed for the club from Palermo. However, their biggest deal was announced today as The Old Lady confirmed the arrival of Croatian Mandzukic from Atletico.
The 29-year-old arrived in Turin earlier this week and was unveiled as a Juve player yesterday after securing a £13.5million move to the Italian club. The fee could rise to £15m.
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Mandzukic scored 20 goals in 43 games for Atletico last season and revealed his delight at joining Juve ahead of the new campaign.
"I like Juventus and I like the city [Turin]. I hope I will be happy here. I will fight for my new team," he said.
The Croatian's move to Juventus continues a rather bizarre pattern that he's set himself in recent years. The target-man has joined Champions League runners-up for the past three years. He moved to Bayern Munich after they lost to Chelsea, he then joined Atletico Madrid after losing to Real Madrid and he's now joined Juve after they lost this year to FC Barcelona.
Mandzukic is expected to be a replacement for Carlos Tevez, who is closing in on a move back to Argentina and his boyhood club Boca Juniors.
Kondogbia to Inter
As for Inter Milan, they are on the brink of signing Kondogbia from Monaco after fending off interest from Arsenal and local-rivals AC Milan. The deal is expected to be worth around £25m, and the Frenchman has already been pictured signing a contract and holding the Inter Milan shirt.
The holding-midfielder will wear the number-7 shirt at the San Siro next season. It's thought the 22-year-old underwent his medical in Italy today and will put pen to paper on a five-year deal with the Serie A side.
Kondogbia joined Monaco from La Liga side Sevilla in August 2013, and has since made 49 appearances for them.
Serie A fans, are these the types of signings that will put Italian football back on the map? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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