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2008 Serie A Summer Transfer Review Part I

Serie A Tickets now offers up an in-depth look at the transfers who arrived in Italy for the 2008-2009 campaign.

1. Olof Mellberg – The centre back arrived at Juventus this summer via Aston Villa. He was excited to join the club using the Bosman ruling to move.  He signed a three-year deal and so far has started 7 league matches and come on a substitute in two more.  The 31-year-old Swedish international has the right recipe of international and domestic experience to keep the supporters happy.  He was a favorite of the supporters while at Villa.  Grade: B+

2. Mathieu Flamini – The midfielder arrived from Arsenal and has quickly cemented a place among some of the world’s top talent.  The 24-year-old has started in 4 UEFA Cup matches for AC Milan.  He has also started in 6 Serie A matches and subbed into three more.  The defensive midfielder will be a fixture at the San Siro for years.  Grade A-

3. Albin Ekdal – Juventus’ other Swedish signing this summer has quickly found opportunities to play even though he is only 19-years-old.  The attacking midfielder has seen action in three Seria A matches as a substitute. Grade B-

4. Alberto Gilardino – After a successful three-year stint at AC Milan.  The Italian international moved to Fiorentina this past May.  He has not disappointed scoring 8 goals thus far.  He also has two goals in four matches for Fiorentina as the club works through the UEFA Champions League. Grade A+

5. Frank Feltscher – The young Swiss winger moved to Lecce this summer from Grasshopper.  He has seen action in one Serie A match.  Grade D