Gonzalo Higuain‘s switch from Real Madrid to Napoli is a move that is beneficial for Serie A.
In recent months, it has been widely suggested that the Italian first division is no longer one of the ‘top leagues’ in Europe and that is slipping behind the likes of Spain, Germany and England. Notably, former Italy and AC Milan legend, Alessandro Nesta stated just that.
But Higuain could be a crucial switch in maintaining some world-class quality in a league that is not what it used to be. The Argentine replaces the move that Edison Cavani has made to Paris Saint-Germain, this may still be a step down in quality but without Higuain, you would suggest attraction to Serie A is seriously lacking. At 25, there is a good future for the Argentine and he could well flourish into something that brings back a spark that has been missing in recent years in Serie A.
Similarly, Carlos Tevez‘ switch to Juventus is a marker that Serie A still is a home for highly talented players. It displays that it is likely to still provide clubs that can be competitive in the latter stages of the Champions League, which maybe some would have argued against after the various departures from the top Italian clubs this summer.
With the interest for Higuain from clubs across Europe such as Arsenal, the fact that an Italian club won that battle is a positive, even if that is due to the ability to spend larger sums — as it has been believed that there is a serious lack of financial power in Italy.
It is a promising move for the league and Napoli, as they managed to capture a man who Real Madrid were reluctant to sell and it helps Serie A continue to acquire high quality players in hope the glory days of the early to mid 2000s one day return, which could bring in further revenue to bring itself back amongst the ‘top leagues’.