Serie A 2022/23 Preview: A look at the top contenders and key signings

The Italian football season started without any major surprises. The favorites are well known, AC Milan will defend the title, Inter and Juventus will be a major threat, and Jose Mourinho and AS Roma will be looking for a surprising outcome.

The financial situation in Italian football has not been positive for a long time, this even applies to the richest clubs such as Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter. Although each of them has funds to spend on new players, the amounts are significantly lower than in the past.

AC Milan: The road to success is paved with good intentions

AC Milan will defend the title, the team coached by Stefano Pioli spent £35m on new players, the biggest part of that amount went to the young Belgian player Charles De Ketelaere. The Rossoneri lost one of last season's best players, Franck Kessie, without compensation, but similarly brought in Liverpool striker Divock Origi.

The team will mostly depend on the heroes of last season, but also with the hope that Ante Rebic, who opened the new season with two goals in the victory over Udinese, will return to his old form.

Key signings: Charles De Ketelaere, Divock Origi, Junior Messias, Alessandro Florenzi.

Inter: The King has returned

Serie A 2022/23 Preview: A look at the top contenders and key signings

Romelu Lukaku left Inter a year ago after a season in which the title was won, the fans did not forgive him for running away for money to Chelsea. However, he misfired in London and returned to Inter with his head down, this time as a loan player. The Belgian will be a worthy replacement for Ivan Perisic, who signed for Tottenham as a free agent.

Inter spent the most money on striker Joaquin Correa, who was paid £20m to Lazio. Like the city rival AC Milan, Inter did not spend excessively either, but coach Simone Inzaghi managed to fill the team in critical positions.

Key signings: Joaquin Correa, Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Juventus: The Old Lady with a new guard

For the first time in a long time, Juventus evened the financial books with almost identical spending and revenue side. The biggest transfer of the summer is the transfer of Mathijs de Ligt to Bayern for £57m. Central defender Bremer was brought in from city rivals Torino for a fee of £34m.

However, two important transfers took place for which no compensation was paid, Paul Pogba returned, and Angel di Maria arrived. The new addition is forward Arkadiusz Milik.

Juventus also let go of Paulo Dybala who did not want to extend his contract. The Old lady came out of the crisis period of the past two years with a new way of approaching the player market. It has been decided that there will be spending only on players who would be decent replacements for the ones who left the team.

The club from Turin has been a term for excellence in Italy for years, they had no real competition in the top league, and they won titles regularly. However, the situation has now changed precisely because of the partial decline in financial strength, and the strengthening of their main rivals, primarily Milan.

Key signings: Bremer, Filip Kostic, Paul Pogba, Angel Di Maria, Arkadiusz Milik.

Napoli: The transfer window's big winners?

After many years of service, Kalidou Koulibaly left Napoli. Most of the money was spent on a defender from South Korea, Min-jae Kim who was paid £15m, but perhaps the most intriguing reinforcement could become the player from Georgia – Kvicha Kvaratskhelia. He is only 21 years old, but he has already scored two goals this season, in the victory over Monza. He was paid only £8m to the Georgian club Dinamo from Batumi.

Noteworthy is that the legendary Lorenzo Insigne left for the American Major League Soccer, and Giovanni Simeone took his place in the attack. By losing two important players in two key positions in defense and attack, Napoli also lost the identity that the club has built for the past decade.

Key signings: Min-jae Kim, Kvicha Kvaratskhelia, Giovanni Simeone.

Roma: Does the Special One have a special team?

Jose Mourinho, Manchester United

AS Roma won the Conference League last season, with which Jose Mourinho once again wrote the incredible pages of his coaching career, which is imbued with numerous trophies. The Portuguese manager has fallen into oblivion in recent years, he was repeatedly fired by bigger clubs and gradually reduced his ambitions.

In Roma, he was welcomed as the person who will bring the team back to the top. Roma didn't spend a lot of money this summer, only £6m on right back Zeki Celik, but that's why two quality players Paulo Dybala and Nemanja Matic were brought in for free, while Georginio Wijnaldum arrived on loan and was soon injured.

Key signings: Zeki Celik, Paulo Dybala, Georginio Wijnaldum, Nemanja Matic.

Atalanta: An emerging new contender

In recent seasons, Atalanta has become a team that plays the most exciting football in Italy, and it seems that they are one of the few clubs in the league that have money to spend. The club has spent as much as £90m on new players, key positions have been filled and Atalanta seems ready to fight for the very top of Serie A.

However, it seems that the club is still not satisfied, and additional reinforcements are being sought in the position of the left back. The team from Bergamo wants to have a large enough pool of players to fight in all competitions.

Key signings: Merih Demiral, Jeremie Boga, Ederson, Ademola Lookman, Brandon Soppy, Rasmus Hojlund.

Roundup: Title challengers and European contenders

Serie A 2022/23 Preview: A look at the top contenders and key signings

AC Milan is the defending champion, but in terms of quality, Inter is not far behind. The impression is that both teams are somewhat weaker than last season, and clubs like Juventus, Napoli, AS Roma and Atalanta have strengthened themselves well to attack the title.

Roma could be included in the category of title contenders, but the question is whether Jose Mourinho has enough depth to endure a busy season.

The fight for the remaining European positions, Europe and the Conference League respectively, will come down to teams like Lazio and Fiorentina.

Relegation battle

In the early stages of the season, it is no surprise to see clubs like Cremonese, Lecce, and Monza in the fight for survival. Teams that recently played in the second league. Serie A is full of clubs that have major problems with forming a squad, so it is not surprising that the situation is set among those who do not have the quality to fight for anything more than survival.

It seems that the three mentioned teams have the least talent to maintain their ambitions, but even clubs like Empoli, Verona, or Salernitana will not sleep peacefully as the season progresses.