Pogba, Barcelona, Zidane & The Winners And Losers Of The Summer Transfer Window
3 September 2019 Sport
The Real Madrid boss wanted to bring his fellow Frenchman to the Santiago Bernabeu but the deal never materialized, much to the disappointment of both
The European transfer window has finally closed, after a summer full of massive deals, protracted talks and sudden u-turns.
Antonio Conte and Beppe Marotta combined to great effect to put Juventus back on their perch after Calciopoli. Now, they are teaming up again to knock them off it. The early signs are promising.
Inter have made a perfect start to the Serie A season, routing Lecce at home before battling to victory to Cagliari on Sunday, and their summer business has played a pivotal role.
Conte wanted to add another centre-back so he could employ his preferred 3-5-2 formation, so the peerless Diego Godin was snapped up on a free transfer from Atletico Madrid.
He wanted to rejuvenate the midfield, so Nicolo Barella and Stefano Sensi were acquired from Cagliari and Sassuolo, respectively.
Most importantly of all, Conte wanted a strong No.9 to lead the line, so Romelu Lukaku was signed from Manchester United. Conte already believes that the Belgian will prove a bargain at €65m.