Football: The five biggest summer transfers in Italy

ROME (AFP) - The five biggest transfers in Italy during the summer transfer window, which closed on Monday night, Sept 1, 2014:

Alvaro Morata - Real Madrid to Juventus; 20 million euros (S$32.8 million)

Highly promising Spanish under-21 striker who never managed to become a regular in Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid side. He scored 11 goals in 52 matches for the Spanish giants between 2010 and 2014. The 21-year-old was a pivotal member of Spain's under-21 side who won the 2013 European Championship after landing the Under-19 version in 2011. He will hope that he does not face the same problem in gaining a regular place in Turin as he faces competition from experienced Argentinian Carlos Tevez and Spanish international Fernando Llorente.

Juan Iturbe - Verona to Roma; 22 million euros (S$36 million)

The Argentine under-20 international has already drawn comparisons with his compatriot Lionel Messi as like him he is a dazzlingly quick diminutive goal-scorer. Spent last season on loan at Verona from River Plate, where he scored eight goals before the club bought him outright in May 2014. Just two months later, he was sold to Roma who can offer him Champions League football for the upcoming campaign. Spent most of his life in Paraguay but declared his international future to Argentina.

Gary Medel - Cardiff to Inter Milan; 12.5 million euros (S$20.5 million)

The 27-year-old Chilean international made the trip from the Cardiff City Stadium to the historic San Siro after earning a move following an impressive World Cup. The Santiago-born defensive midfielder or centre-back also had spells with Boca Juniors and Sevilla and was never likely to stay at Cardiff once they were relegated from the Premier League, with his World Cup performances making him an attractive proposition for potential buyers. Has scored five goals in 61 appearances for Chile and was also part of the 2010 World Cup squad.

Fernando Torres - Chelsea to AC Milan; loan

A change of country and air may do the talented Spanish striker a world of good after Milan ended his largely underwhelming spell with Chelsea by taking him on a two-year loan. Chelsea bought him for a then British-record 50 million pounds (S$10.3.7 million) in January 2011 but he scored just 45 goals in 172 appearances in all competitions at Stamford Bridge. Still just 30, Milan fans can expect him to be fully committed to the club's cause, something which his predecessor Mario Balotelli was at times accused of lacking, but he will also soon come under pressure from the unforgiving supporters if the goals don't flow.

Nemanja Vidic - Manchester United to Inter Milan; free

The Serbian centre-back was a mainstay in the Manchester United back four between 2006 and 2014 and won the Champions League in 2008 as well as five Premier League titles under retired manager Alex Ferguson. Twice voted Premier League player of the season, in 2009 and 2011, he also made 56 appearances for Serbia before announcing his international retirement in 2011 following criticism from fans over his performances. Recurrent injury problems, especially with his knees, renders Vidic, who turns 33 in October, a gamble by Inter. He was sent off on his Serie A debut for Inter against Torino at the weekend.