Why will Italy boss Roberto Mancini be happy with this summer’s Serie A transfer business?

Whilst it was a shame to see Sandro Tonali leave Italy, Roberto Mancini could find it easier to keep tabs on his Azzurri players over the course of the 2023/24 season.


Even with goals in each of his first two Azzurri appearances, few fans of the Italian National Team could tell you much more about Mateo Retegui, other than that he played for Tigre in Argentina and is a striker, and coach Roberto Mancini possibly knew little more.

That will all change during the 2023/24 season, after the 24-year-old’s move to newly promoted Genoa provides greater exposure to the Italians up and down the peninsula and could strengthen his position as Italy’s main goalscoring threat for the European Championships next summer.

A number of Azzurri hopefuls have made moves that could help their international opportunities, as Italy look to retain the trophy they won under the 58-year-old against England in July 2021, with Gianluca Scamacca one of those heading back to Serie A with national team aspirations.

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Mateo Retegui celebrates against Malta. (@Azzurri)

After limping out of World Cup 2022 qualification with a whimper and failing to score during their 1-0 playoff loss at home to North Macedonia, Retegui has already staked his claim to lead the Azzurri attack.

However, with Scamacca back in Italy and looking like the perfect long-term replacement for Duvan Zapata at Atalanta, if both make a flying start to domestic action, they could provide an interesting double act on the international scene.

Over at Inter, Davide Frattesi has a bigger stage than at Sassuolo to display his talents in both the domestic and continental competition, and could again provide an attacking threat for Italy with his runs from deep into the box that Italy lack.

Full-back Raoul Bellanova spent last season on loan at Inter but joins Torino for 2023/24, where more playing time could lead to international consideration.

However, it is at left-back where Tommaso Augello and Fabiano Parisi have improved their chances of selection, with the former remaining in Serie A with Cagliari after relegation with Sampdoria and the latter leaving Empoli for Europa Conference League football at Fiorentina.

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Sandro Tonali poses after joining Newcastle. (@NUFC)

AC Milan midfielder Sandro Tonali was one of the biggest departures from Serie A this summer, considering that the 23-year-old was expected to be a fixture in the Rossoneri midfield for many years. He was prised away by the Saudi-Arabia-owned Newcastle United.

However, while Mancini will see less of the former Brescia youngster in the flesh, the worldwide popularity of the English game is likely to keep Tonali fresh in the mind of the Italian tactician and Azzurri followers, especially if they were to draw former employers Milan in the Champions League group stages.

Also heading to the Premier League is goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario. The new Tottenham Hotspur man could have made a similar move to ex-Empoli teammate Parisi and moved to a club in Italy offering European football this season and bigger domestic aspirations.

However, in London, the 26-year-old can learn from veteran shot-stopper Hugo Lloris, if he stays at the club, and face some of the best attackers in Europe.


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