Fri, Aug 24, 2012 - Page 19 News List

Italy’s Serie A takes one step forward, two back


Italian clubs have been left to trade with each other, one move being the baffling swap in which AC Milan and Inter exchanged Antonio Cassano and Gianpaolo Pazzini.

“After an eternity, I have arrived at the club which I support,” Cassano said of Inter.

AC Milan have also bought ACF Fiorentina’s gifted playmaker Riccardo Montolivo, whose stock rose considerably with his performances at Euro 2012 for Italy.

Juve have lured Udinese pair Maurico Isla and Kwadmo Asamoa, and resigned forward Sebastian Giovinco from Parma.

Apparently more interested in cashing in on last season’s third place than challenging for the top places again, Udinese have also let goalkeeper Samir Handanovic go to Inter, raking in an estimated 33.4 million euros (US$41.6 million) in transfer fees.

Juventus, who start at home to Parma tomorrow, appear favorites to retain their title and Conte is still able to coach the team during the week, but much will depend on how they cope without his presence on the touchline and whether they can concentrate on the championship rather than getting involved in a feud with the federation.

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