Inter have been linked with one of the most sensational moves of the transfer window so far in the form of a possible return of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea, whilst Juventus are moving for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
If completed, these two deals would be two of the most high profile of the window and would see big names returning to Serie A from the Premier League, but in the view of the Corriere dello Sport they would hardly show the league’s strength.
Arguing in today’s print edition, the Rome-based newspaper notes that both big name players would be returning only after struggling in the Premier League.
Pogba made the switch to United from Juventus in the summer of 2016, and despite intermittent flashes of his talent at Old Trafford has been seen as a transfer disappointment for the Red Devils and now leaves on a free transfer.
Lukaku, meanwhile, has only been back in the English top flight for a season following his big money move last summer, but already the Belgian’s reputation is not what it was at the Nerazzurri.
For the Corriere, these two deals may look on the surface like big signings by Serie A’s elite, but they would not show the Italian top flight’s capacity to attract the most truly sought-after names on the transfer market.
Rather, they would represent two of Italy’s elite bringing back players who had been among their best in recent memory only after they had failed and been rejected in the Premier League.