Now that the Serie A campaign has drawn to a close, thoughts will inevitably turn to the summer transfer market. There should be some activity at Napoli during the offseason thanks to the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli, while Juventus will look to strengthen once again in order to make a fresh attempt to realise their stated aim of winning the Champions League.
We could also see some Serie A-based players head to the Premier League, especially if former Partenopei boss Maurizio Sarri is appointed at Chelsea – with odds of 1/4 offered by Betway Sports – the tactician often keen to work with players who are already accustomed to his precise style of play.
A closely fought domestic battle on the peninsula brought plenty of its stars to the forefront last term, a league often incorrectly associated with defensive football having yielded a total of 1,017 goals in 2017/18.
Napoli midfielder Jorginho has been a vital part of the easy-on-the-eye passing game played at the Stadio San Paolo for the last three seasons under Maurizio Sarri. The Italy international is a genuine midfield metronome, a key cog in a meticulous machine. Once again, this player has reached the top of the charts in Europe’s top five leagues in terms of number of passes per match (averaging 96.9), the connecting factor in both the attacking and defensive phases of the game.
Also capable of winning the ball back, Jorginho ranks third-highest in number of tackles made (1.9 per match on average) in the entire Napoli side. It is no surprise then, that this talented midfielder has been linked with a move to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, a player of his kind so well-suited to the playing style of the Catalan boss.
The 26-year-old was in tears when his team failed to win the Scudetto this term – fueling reports of a move away – and his agent recently confirmed he was speaking to “four or five teams” about a potential transfer.
Paddy Power offer odds of 1/3 that the midfielder will join Manchester City this summer, a bet worth your time considering Jorginho and Guardiola are a perfect fit. The same site offer 9/1 that the player will join Chelsea in the transfer window, certainly something to consider especially if Sarri moves to Stamford Bridge as expected. There’s also the option of him staying at Napoli at 21/10, an event perhaps a little more likely with the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti.
Juventus number 10 Paulo Dybala is heading to the World Cup with Argentina this season with 22 Serie A goals and five assists already under his belt. The talented 24-year-old is linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona every summer, however a move away from Turin remains unlikely.
Coach Max Allegri has confirmed he will remain at the club next season as the Bianconeri chase a Champions League win, the only trophy that has eluded them after league-and-cup-double wins four years in a row. Betway Sports offer 1/3 that the Argentine will remain with the club, a bet well worth your time in this instance.
However, you can keep an eye on Gambling.com’s Transfer Hound, a dedicated transfer site to stay up to date with any changes in the transfer window, with Betway also offering odds on Dybala to move to other big European sides.
Milan have been heavily linked with a move for Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini, an idea recently confirmed by the Serie A side. Rossoneri sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli after the final game of the season versus Fiorentina:
“Fellaini could be an important player. We know he is not going to renew with United, but it’s difficult to say that we have closed the deal. He has important attributes. We will do something in that role but we are keeping everything in reserve. First we have to secure our signings, then announce them.”
Such interest is not a surprise, considering the midfielder fits the profile boss Gennaro Gattuso wants, a man who will bring important European experience to a young side gunning for a place in the Champions League. With stated interest coming from San Siro, it’s worth a bet via Paddy Power at 15/8 on the Belgian to make the move to Italy in order that the 6’4” midfielder assist in the club’s push to return to their former glories.