x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Serie A five to watch

Eduardo at Genoa, Simone Pepe at Juventus, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Adriano and Yuto Nagatomo.

Juventus' Simone Pepe, right, fights for the ball with Ronaldinho during the pre-season Berlusconi Trophy match at the San Siro on August 22.
Juventus' Simone Pepe, right, fights for the ball with Ronaldinho during the pre-season Berlusconi Trophy match at the San Siro on August 22.

Eduardo, Genoa One of several new men at Genoa, the Portuguese was some critic's pick as best goalkeeper at the World Cup. Commanding in his box, Eduardo helped unfashionable Braga to finish second in the Portuguese league last season, and he should impress for Genoa. Simone Pepe, Juventus, on loan from Udinese Juventus are seeking more width this season, hence bringing in Pepe, the midfielder, whom they have an option to buy from Udinese. The Italian has his doubters, but at 26 has time to answer them.

Kevin-Prince Boateng, AC Milan, on loan from Genoa A much-travelled career, which, at 23 has included two spells in Germany, two in the Premier League, and now two Serie A clubs in the space of a month. He could add verve to Milan's midfield. Edinson Cavani, Napoli Cavani was influential in helping Palermo to fifth spot in Serie A last season and impressive in support of Diego Forlan for Uruguay at the World Cup finals in South Africa. His arrival shows that Napoli have strong intentions of finishing in the top four.

Adriano, Roma The Emperer remains an enigma, who has criss-crossed the Atlantic so many times - for personal success in Italy and personal happiness by going back to Brazil - that the latest move invites scepticism. He is back again from Flamengo and on his day is unplayable. Yuto Nagatomo, Cesena The Japanese defender demonstrated his coolness under pressure as part of his country's impressive rearguard at the World Cup. He joins from FC Tokyo in the J-League, and while he will be playing at a higher standard, everything says he should settle in just fine. * The National