With Juventus and Inter Milan both looking for an overhaul and both teams in the hunt for Champions League qualification, it’s going to be tough to choose the best Italian players in the final two years of the campaign.
Here are our picks for the Ballons d’Aguilas top five, with our verdict on each one on Saturday night:Lampard is a fine option for a side who want to stay in the Champions League, but he’s still young and needs to add a few years to his current form.
The 21-year-old is currently in the second half of his deal at the Allianz Arena, having made his debut in January 2015 and then made his return from a three-month injury layoff to score twice in the 4-0 win over Sevilla in April this year.
Alessandro Del Piero was one of the best midfielders in Europe last season, and he’s in a similar position to Lampard this term.
He’s the second most expensive player in Serie A history, and with Inter Milan, Barcelona and Bayern Munich all having already made their moves to buy him, Del Pieros chances of becoming the next Andrea Pirlo or even Mario Mandzukic look slim.
Roma have struggled this season, but they have been in a strong position this term and the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Daniele De Rossi and Davide Santon have been a big part of the Reds’ success.
It will be interesting to see how the Rossoneri deal for Alessandro Nesta develops, especially if the Italian international is willing to join the Serie A champions in January.
Roberto Firmino is another player who has been a surprise performer this season for Roma, but despite their struggles at the top, he’s only signed a new contract at the end of the season.
The Brazilian winger scored 17 goals in all competitions last season and is a huge threat for the Roma defence, particularly on set pieces.
Villas-Boas is going to look to his young squad this summer to make sure that he has a strong squad for the coming season, so the club’s most expensive signing so far has to be Cristian Zapata.
He has been outstanding for Roma this season and will have to keep proving his worth to manager Vincenzo Montella in the coming months.
Pirlo is one of Juventus’s biggest signings of the summer and the Spaniard has been the most influential player for the Bianconeri this season.
He had 20 goals in Serie D and his contribution to the team was crucial in winning the league and reaching the Champions Cup final.
If the Argentine is willing leave the Biancoceleste this summer, his chances of winning the Ballona d’Italia will be much higher than the current one.
Mario Balotelli is one the most promising young talents in world football and he has been one of Roma’s main targets for a while now.
He is currently on loan at AC Milan and the 22-year old is set to be reunited with his former club for the first time in more than a decade.
His performance in the recent 1-0 defeat at Lazio was a highlight of the Italian side’s season, especially for his defensive contributions.
Gianluigi Donnarumma has been an impressive addition to Juventus’s squad this season with eight goals and seven assists in 21 appearances, but the 28-yearold will need to prove his worth in Italy this season if he is to stay with the Bianchi.
He will probably leave for Inter Milan this summer as well, which could prove to be his final destination.
Marquinhos is a young player who is still yet to prove himself at Juventus, but there is no denying that he is a force on the wing.
The 19-year was the best attacking midfielder in the Premier League last season with his goal tally of eight goals in 19 appearances.
He also provided an assist for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and he will be hoping that his goalscoring record will translate into more chances.
Juventus are set to make a massive financial investment this summer and it is unlikely that Marquinhoc will be one of their key signings.
It is no secret that the Biancros are desperate to bolster their squad and Marquinho is just one of a number of high-profile players who could be sold this summer.
Ibrahimovic will be leaving the Italian giants for AC Milan, while Mario Mandžukić is a Juventus target, but it’s not known if they will have a deal in place for him by the time he is in Italy.
Cristiano Ronaldo is set for an exciting new challenge at Real Madrid this summer after he joined the club last summer.
He scored 34 goals in just 20 appearances last season to earn his place at the Santiago Bernabeu.
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