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Most expensive Serie A signings of summer 2021

Tue 30 November 2021 | 20:29

Who are amongst the most expensive Serie A transfers of summer 2021? How much have top clubs in Italy spent on signing new players this season? Follow us below as we take a look at the careers of these footballers and get to see how they have fared so far.

The summer transfer window is shut close and clubs have made all the changes necessary to their squads. Many players have departed from Italians teams and many other have recently arrived to replace those departures. While some clubs have been surprisingly inactive over the summer, others have spent quite well considering their financial status.

While many expected last season’s champions to have at least one arrival on this prestigious list, Inter did not get to spend much on new arrivals as we got to see other clubs surprise us with their expenditure. We have got some exciting talents on the list of

most expensive Serie A signings of summer 2021

and surely you too are eager to know more about these footballers and their careers so far. So without further ado, read on to find out more about some of the most expensive Serie A transfers of summer 2021.

Summer 2021 most expensive Serie A signings

From Cristian Romero and Matteo Politano, to Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham, there are some serious talents on amongst these pricey arrivals. Obviously we should not expect Serie A clubs to spend as much as Premier League clubs. But that doesn’t mean that the Italian top-flight doesn’t know how to spend money. Here is everything you need to know about the most expensive summer arrivals in the Italian Serie A.

Hamed Junior Traore

  • Transfer: Empoli – Sassuolo

  • Transfer fee: €16M

Ivory Coast have always produced incredible talents throughout the years and Hamed Traore is certainly one of them. The attacking midfielder is only 21 years old and has already managed to set a record for himself by becoming one of the

most expensive Serie A signings of summer 2021

. Having risen up the ranks at Empoli’s youth academy, he joined the club’s senior side in 2017 and went on to help his side earn a promotion to Italy’s top flight.

Despite his efforts, Empoli sent Traore out on loan to Sassuolo in 2019, where he spent two years and got to become an integral part of the club’s plans. The immensely versatile midfielder proved so useful that

Sassuolo

decided to make his move permanent over the summer as they paid around €16 million to acquire his services from

Empoli

. Traore is slowly finding his feet at Sassuolo and has earned himself a regular spot on the starting-XI.

He has already made a total of 79 appearances and has managed to score 11 goals and provide 6 assists in the process. As one of the 2021 Serie A summer transfer window most expensive signings, the Ivory Coast international is certainly on his way towards greatness and it might not be long before he finally makes his first big-money move to a much stronger club in the future. His current market value stands at around €20 million, which shows how much of a bargain was his transfer for Sassuolo.

Cristian Romero

  • Transfer: Juventus – Atalanta

  • Transfer fee: €16M

Imagine arriving at your new club as one of the

most expensive Serie A signings of summer 2021

, only to join another club on loan for the rest of the season. That is exactly what happened to Cristian Romero as Atalanta decided to make his move permanent by signing him from

Juventus

for €16 million, but quickly sent him out on loan until the end of the current season. The 23-year-old is one of the more exciting center-backs in the world and has already managed to make a name for himself on the big stage throughout the years.

His current market value stands at around €35 million, which makes us wonder why Atalanta decided to let go of him so easily. The Argentine defender was a vital part of the Italian side’s defense last campaign as he had even managed to score a couple of goals and provide three assists in the process of 31 league appearances. Now, having found his name on the list of summer 2021 most expensive Serie A signings, Romero is slowly finding his feet at

Tottenham

as has become somewhat of a regular starter for the English club.

He has already made more than 10 appearances for the Premier League side and is slowly gaining experience to become a better center-back for the rest of his career. We will have to wait and see if the Argentina international will ever return to Atalanta, or if Tottenham will make his move permanent in the summer of 2022.

Eldor Shomurodov

  • Transfer: Genoa – AS Roma

  • Transfer fee: €17.5M

AS Roma have been on a shopping spree ever since Jose Mourinho took the helm as the manager over the summer. The Portuguese manager is lauded by a majority of football fans as “The Special One” and he is certainly looking forward to proving himself to his supporters once again by challenging for all domestic titles this season. Roma have spent quite a lot this season compared to other clubs in the Serie A such as

AC Milan

and Juventus, which is why more than one of their acquisitions have made the list of

most expensive Serie A transfers of summer 2021

.

The first arrival on the list is 26-year-old center-forward Eldor Shomurodov, who joined La Lupa from Genova for €17.5 million. As the captain of the Uzbekistan international team, Shomurodov gained prominence as a fine striker during his rather short stay at Genova, for whom he only made a total of 32 appearances and got to score 8 goals in the process. Some might say that these stats are definitely not enough to make such a striker the main man at the frontlines and they are correct.

Because Mourinho only makes use of Shomurodov as a fresh set of lungs in the second half of most games, rather than giving him a starting position each week. Nevertheless, his transfer fee has put the Uzbek striker amongst the most expensive Serie A signings of summer 2021. Considering the number of minutes he has gotten since joining

Roma

, his stats are not that bad at all as he has scored two goals while providing five assists in a total of 580 minutes that he has played for the Serie A side.

Matteo Politano

  • Transfer: Inter – Napoli

  • Transfer fee: €19M

Inter have lost several of their key players this season and are nowhere near what they used to be in the 2020-21 campaign. With Romelu Lukaku, Achraf Hakimi, Antonio Candreva and Matteo Politano leaving the Nerazzurri over the summer, Inter will be having quite a difficult time coping with all the additional pressure that follows the holes that are left gaping with such departures.

While Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi joined Chelsea and

Paris Saint-Germain

respectively, Matteo Politano decided to stay in Italy by joining Napoli for a reported fee of €19 million, which directly put him on the list of most expensive Serie A signings of summer 2021.

The 28-year-old is one of the most exciting wingers in the Italian top-flight as he has managed to see his market value skyrocket in recent seasons thanks to his impressive performance at Inter and Napoli, the latter of which decided to make his loan move permanent after acquiring the player on loan for a single season last campaign. Thanks to his loan spell at Napoli, Politano is already an integral part of the club as he got to make a total of 50 appearances for Gli Azzurri in the 2020-21 season and managed to bag himself 12 goals and 5 assists in the process.

These stats were apparently more than enough to convince Napoli to make the Italian winger one of the

summer 2021 most expensive Serie A signings

. He has already won the Italian Cup with Napoli and is certainly eyeing more silverware in the future.

Juan Musso

  • Transfer: Udinese – Atalanta

  • Transfer fee: €20M

Juan Musso’s career has been an inspiration to many goalkeepers around the globe as he managed to lift himself up to become the main goalkeeper at Atalanta. Having joined Udinese from Racing Club for €4 million in 2018, Musso went on to improve his game further by becoming the main man at

Udinese

in no time. He went on to make a total of 104 appearances for his former club, getting 29 clean sheets in the process.

Thanks to his fine performance in the Serie A throughout the years, Atalanta decided to splash a whopping €20 million on the Argentine goalkeeper, which made his market value soar through the sky in the blink of an eye. Being on the list of 2021 Serie A summer transfer window most expensive signings, the 27-year-old has already made more than 15 appearances for his new club, getting 3 clean sheets and conceding 20 goals in the process.

While Musso is certainly not on the level of world-class goalkeepers such as Keylor Navas and Alisson Becker, he is more than a decent shot-stopper for Atalanta, which is exactly why they have paid such a hefty fee to acquire his services over the summer.

The Argentina international must be buzzing as he both got his hands on the Copa America made his big-money move to a top Serie A club in less than three months. We will have to wait and see if Musso can help his side achieve a higher finish in the league than last season, in which they finished third above the likes of Juventus and Napoli.

Weston Mckennie

  • Transfer: FC Schalke – Juventus

  • Transfer fee: €20M

Next on the list of

2021 Serie A summer transfer window most expensive signings

is Weston Mckennie, who joined Juventus from

FC Schalke

for €20 million and set foot onto the big stage as another one of the American talents finding their paths in Europe. While Mckennie is without a doubt thrilled to have joined such a historically rich club, Juventus are not having that great of a time.

The Bianconeri lost their reign over Serie A to Inter last season and things have gotten even worse from then on. Having earned 18 points in 12 games is not what we are used to see from Juventus, which is why Weston Mckennie’s arrival has been overshadowed by his new side’s poor performance in the league. The United States international has been quite phenomenal throughout his career so far and has attracted so much attention from both the media and football enthusiasts around the globe.

He joined Schalke’s youth academy from the Dallas Academy in 2016 and quickly earned himself a place in the German club’s senior squad a year later. After 91 appearances, 5 goals and 7 assists, Mckennie joined

Juventus

on loan in 2020 and quickly earned himself a place amongst the regulars thanks to his incredible form. He went on to make a total of 46 appearances for the Bianconeri, scoring 6 goals and providing 3 assists in the process.

The central midfielder failed to help his side win the Scudetto last season, but still managed to get his hands on the Copa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana. Now, as one of the most expensive Serie A signings of summer 2021, the American talent will be aiming for more silverware at one of the greatest clubs in the world.

Nicolas Gonzalez

  • Transfer: VfB Stuttgart – Fiorentina

  • Transfer fee: €23M

Next on our list of most expensive Serie A signings of summer 2021 is Nicolas Gonzalez, who joined Fiorentina from

VfB Stuttgart

for a whopping €23 million. While such seeing an unexperienced youngster join a European side for double this figure is now the norm and no one bats an eye over such hefty fees, €23 million is still a considerable fee considering how much other teams in the Serie have spent to sign new players over the summer. The 23-year-old has arrived at the Artemio Franchi Stadium with a lot of promise thanks to his phenomenal performance at Stuttgart.

The Argentine talent is quite an exciting prospect and has been lifting more than his weight for several seasons now. He played in 79 games for Stuttgart and somehow managed to score 23 goals while providing 10 assists in the process, which is all thanks to his immense versatility that allows him to be deployed as both a winger and a center-forward. The Argentina international could have had a much better performance in the Bundesliga had it not been for a long injury spell, which sidelined him for several months.

Having become one of the most expensive Serie A signings of summer 2021 since joining

Fiorentina

on the first day of July, Gonzalez has managed to score 3 goals and provide 2 assists, which shows how lethal he can be in the future. It might take a bit more for the former Stuttgart forward to find his feet at his new club. But with the performance that he has had so far, Gonzalez will surely be a great addition to Vincenzo Italiano’s squad.

Marash Kumbulla

  • Transfer: Hellas Verona – AS Roma

  • Transfer fee: €26M

Jose Mourinho has been adding more depth to his squad at AS Roma in both ends as he has signed both defenders and strikers to complete his squad overhaul over the summer. That is why Roma paid a whopping €26 million to sign Marash Kumbulla from

Hellas Verona

, which put the center-back on the list of most expensive Serie A signings of summer 2021. The Italy-born Albanian is an up and coming defender with a lot of potential, which could be realized in the near future if he can live up to the billing.

Kumbulla actually spent the last season on loan at Roma and the Italian side are already familiar with his play-style. Having earned a promotion to Hellas Verona’s senior squad in 2018, the 21-year-old went on to make a total of 28 appearances for the Gialloblu before being sent out on loan to Roma in 2020. The Giallorossi made Kumbulla’s move permanent after the center-back became their main defender from the very beginning of his loan spell. He went on appear in 28 games for Roma in the 2020-21 season and has now made 6 appearances for his new club.

Of course not everything has gone according to plan for Marash Kumbulla as he hasn’t been deployed on the pitch as much as he might have wanted. It seems that Mourinho is yet to put his trust on the young center-back as there is still much to learn in the coming months. Only time will tell if the young defender can live up to the billing by delivering on his promises in the near future.

Fikayo Tomori

  • Transfer: Chelsea – AC Milan

  • Transfer fee: €28.5M

Chelsea have lost two of their great talents to Italian clubs over the summer of 2021. One of these talents is none other than Fikayo Tomori, who has joined AC Milan from the Premier League side for a little over €28 million. Tomori rose up the ranks at Chelsea’s youth academy and managed to secure himself a couple of loan moves to

Hull City

, Derby County and AC Milan throughout the years since being called up to Chelsea’s senior side.

The Englishman got the chance to prove himself with the Rossoneri thanks to his loan spell in the 2020-21 season. The 23-year-old center-back had little to no chance with the Blues of London as he only got to make a total of 27 appearances for the English club in the four seasons that he spent at Stamford Bridge. Tomori finally decided to move on and join AC Milan in July, which in turn made him one of the most expensive Serie A signings of summer 2021.

The Canada-born England international has made more than 35 appearances for Milan and is eyeing major silverware this season as he is currently the main defender at the back for Stefano Pioli. He has not missed a single game this season and is his team has only conceded 11 goals in 12 games so far thanks to his phenomenal form. The only question that many might be asking right now about Fikayo Tomori is that will Chelsea ever regret letting him go so soon and eventually sign him back for a lot heftier fee?

Tammy Abraham

  • Transfer: Chelsea – AS Roma

  • Transfer fee: €40M

The most expensive summer signing in the Serie A is none other than Tammy Abraham, who joined AS Roma from Chelsea for a staggering fee of €40 million. Abraham is the second Chelsea talent to join an Italian side over the summer and things are looking quite good for the striker. Just like how Fikayo Tomori is thriving at his new club, Tammy Abraham is enjoying his spell at AS Roma as he is the main striker under Jose Mourinho.

The Englishman spent several seasons on loan at clubs such as Bristol City, Swansea and

Aston Villa

in hopes of earning himself a place amongst the regular starting-XI. He did eventually get to become quite an important part of Chelsea’s squad as he made a total of 82 appearances and managed to score 30 goals while providing 12 assists in the process.

But with Thomas Tuchel’s arrival and with all the new signings that were made by the club’s former manager Frank Lampard, little to no place was left for Abraham as he finally decided to join his former manager in the Serie A.

With Mourinho sticking to his tradition of playing a black center-forward, the England international has been having a blast so far and has managed to score 5 goals alongside 2 assists in his first 15 appearances for Roma. The world is Abraham’s oyster right now and the only thing he needs to do to succeed at his new club is keeping his form and performing at the highest level possible.

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