During the 1990's Italian domestic football was the pinnacle of Europe, attracting the biggest stars and winning European titles.
In recent years however Italian football has stagnated, and has been unable to keep up with the likes of the Premier League and La Liga. Jose Mourinho's treble winning Inter side of 2010 offered some relief for this trend but sadly the Serie A was never able to build on it.
However things look like they could be about to change. Juventus's successful Champions League run along with greater financial investment has possibly laid the foundations for Italy's top division to rise once again.
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This transfer window so far has seen a change in the type of player heading to Italy, young players and proven stars are now choosing to move to Italian clubs highlighting the ambition that may once again be present.
For a time it seemed Italy was becoming a retirement home of sorts, a place for old stars to receive one last big pay-day and perhaps feature in some form of European competition. Michael Essien, Nemanja Vidic and Ashley Cole are three prime examples of players whose days in England were drawing to a close and thus resorted to moving to Italy.
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Old forgotten stars were rotting in the ranks of some of Italy's most famous clubs - Inter and AC Milan being the worst offenders - and stars who were nurtured in Serie A were seeking a way out. Most so-called stars who did move to Serie A were often those who had been going through a rough patch of form and a club in Italy seemed like the ideal place to re-build their career, not further it.
Gonzalo Higuain was a perfect example of this, after enduring a tough season due to fierce competition at the ranks at Real Madrid he made the switch to Napoli.
We could say that this trend has not been completely eradicated with Vidal supposedly on his way to Bayern Munich and the on-going Paul Pogba transfer saga which will likely see the Frenchmen depart Italian shores.
However the players who have arrived in Italy so far this summer show statements of intent from the clubs in division and have in my eyes improved the image of Serie A. Players are moving to the division at the peak of their powers, not trying to discover them
Carlos Bacca and Mario Mandzuckic, two proven world class goal scorers have now decided to join AC Milan and Juventus respectively. Players of this calibre are now departing leagues with higher credibility in order to become part of the 'rebirth of Italian football'.
Sami Khedira and Geoffery Kondogbia also chose Italy as there prime destination rather than move to one of Europe's more competitive leagues. Another pleasing factor that hints at a possible rebirth is the fact that the promising talent within Serie A is choosing to stay in the division rather than seek a move abroad.
Paulo Dybala and Domencio Berardi are arguably two of the games brightest prospects and yet both have decided to stay in Italy. Dybala making the move to Juventus while Berardi will continue to ply his trade with lowly Sassuolo.
While I am not suggesting there has been a major change, Italian football could be making its first steps towards becoming a major force once again. A renaissance of sorts could be on its way, but it will take time, maybe even more financial investment, but the signs certainly look more positive.
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