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From Inter Milan's former Real Madrid full-back to Juventus' history-making American: Five new signings to watch in Serie A

Napoli's record-breaking forward is also generating plenty of excitement

Achraf Hakimi, left and in action for Dortmund against PSG in the Champions League Round of 16, has joined Inter Milan from Real Madrid. Getty Images
Achraf Hakimi, left and in action for Dortmund against PSG in the Champions League Round of 16, has joined Inter Milan from Real Madrid. Getty Images

When the 2020/21 Serie A season begins this weekend, there will be a host of summer signings aiming to hit the ground running for their new clubs.

Here is a look at five new signings to look out for in Italy this season.

Victor Osimhen (Napoli)

Victor Osimhen, left, has joined Napoli from Lille in a club record deal. Getty Images
Victor Osimhen, left, has joined Napoli from Lille in a club record deal. Getty Images

Napoli paid French club Lille a club record fee of up to €80 million (Dh348m) to bring the Nigeria forward to southern Italy on a five-year deal.

The total fee is almost double Napoli's previous club record of around €40m paid for Gonzalo Higuain in 2013 and Hirving Lozano last year.

Osimhen arrives in Naples with a bureogning reputation having scored 18 times last season and was one of the revelations of France's curtailed campaign with 13 Ligue 1 goals as Lille finished fourth.

"For me, being here means having made a big leap in quality," said the 21-year-old.

Napoli finished seventh in Serie A and qualified for the Europa League after winning the Italian Cup, their first trophy in six years.

Weston McKennie (Juventus)

Weston McKennie is set to become the first American to play for Juventus. EPA
Weston McKennie is set to become the first American to play for Juventus. EPA

Weston McKennie joined Juventus on a season-long loan from Bundesliga club Schalke and will become the first American to play for the Italian champions.

McKennie, 22, moves to Turin for an initial fee of €4.5m. The deal includes an obligation for Juventus to buy the midfielder for €18.5m if certain targets are met this season.

The US international spent four years in Germany and made 91 appearances for Schalke, but the Bundesliga club found itself in a perilous financial situation after the coronavirus pandemic.

"Playing with Cristiano Ronaldo, seeing how he moves and how he works will bring me great benefits," said McKennie before Juventus's first game against Sampdoria on Sunday.

Achraf Hakimi (Inter Milan)

Achraf Hakimi joins Inter Milan from Real Madrid after two loan spells at Borussia Dortmund. Reuters
Achraf Hakimi joins Inter Milan from Real Madrid after two loan spells at Borussia Dortmund. Reuters

Real Madrid full-back Achraf Hakimi joined Serie A club Inter Milan for a reported fee of €40m plus €5m in bonuses.

As part of the sale, Madrid have negotiated a clause giving them first refusal on the Morocco international for the next five years.

Hakimi, who has spent the past two seasons on loan at Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, has joined the Serie A runners-up on a contract until June 2025.

The pacy wing-back will bolster Antonio Conte's defence, occupying the right flank where neither Antonio Candreva nor Victor Moses fully convinced last season.

Vedat Muriqi (Lazio)

Vedat Muriqi will be tasked with scoring goals for Lazio alongside Ciro Immobile. Reuters
Vedat Muriqi will be tasked with scoring goals for Lazio alongside Ciro Immobile. Reuters

Kosovo international striker Vedat Muriqi arrives from Turkish club Fenerbahce to support Lazio's Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile as the club return to the Champions League after a 13-year break.

Simone Inzaghi's side are reported to have spent €20m for the services of the 26-year-old forward on a five-year deal.

Immobile scored 36 goals last season as the Romans challenged for a first Serie A title since 2000, eventually finishing fourth having been just one point behind Juventus before the coronavirus break.

Aleksei Miranchuk (Atalanta)

Atalanta signed versatile Russian attacking midfielder Aleksei Miranchuk from Lokomotiv Moscow just after their Champions League last-eight exit with Slovenian striker Josip Illcic absent because of personal problems.

Miranchuk scored 12 goals in the Russian league last season and two against Juventus in the Champions League.

The Bergamo side paid a reported €20m for the 24-year-old, who can play in a central attacking midfield role or as a winger on either flank for last season's Serie A top scorers.

Miranchuk will be separated from his twin brother Anton for the first time after they emerged together at Lokomotiv and in the Russian national team.

Updated: September 18, 2020 03:05 PM

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