Ex-City star, Manchester United & Arsenal targets in Serie A Team of the Season

Paul Pogba

Juventus stars make up the bulk of the team.

Serie A is one of the best and most exciting domestic leagues in Europe, and the 2013-14 campaign proved to be scintillating.

Juventus won their third successive Scudetti and broke the 100-point barrier, but at one stage it did look like Rudi Garcia’s Roma would run them close. Napoli and Fiorentina ended up third and fourth respectively, while Inter Milan finished fifth.

A number of players performed to the best of their abilities, while many stepped up their game. Below is our Serie A Team of the Season.

GK - Mattia Perin (Genoa)

Genoa may have finished a lowly 13th in Serie A, but 21-year-old cannot be blamed for that. The Italian youngster was the best goalkeeper in the Italian top flight and really showed his potential this term. In fact, his saves between the sticks ensured that the Grifone would not be struggling for survival in the final weeks of the campaign.

CB - Mehdi Benatia (Roma)

Roma conceded just nine goals at home and 16 away in Serie A, and the 27-year-old can proudly claim that he was the main reason for that. The centre-back joined the capital club from Udinese last summer and seemed at home at the Stadio Olimpico. His impressive performances have seen him linked with a move to Manchester City, while Barcelona are also said to be interested in the Morocco international.

CB - Leandro Castan (Roma)

Benatia was ably supported by Castan in central defence at Roma. The Brazil international, who joined the Italian club from Corinthians in 2012, took little time in adjusting to life alongside Benatia at the heart of the Roma backline.

CB - Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)

For the third year running, Juventus won the title, and once again Chiellini led from the back. The Italy international started 31 league matches in which he scored three goals and provided as many assists.

RAM - Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina)

The 25-year-old Colombia international winger was a star for the Viola and helped the Florence outfit finish fourth in the league. Cuadrado’s displays on the flanks were a joy to watch and there is no wonder why he has been linked with a summer move to the Premier League. Oh, he also scored 11 goals and provided five assists.

CM - Arturo Vidal (Juventus)

The Chile international had yet another brilliant season and won his third Scudetti in a row. The 26-year-old midfielder has established himself as one of the best in his position in the world (probably the best), and contributed to the Bianconeri’s title triumph with 11 goals and five assists. No wonder Manchester United are said to be interested in his services.

CM - Paul Pogba (Juventus)

The France international’s form dipped at the turn of the year, but that should not detract from his second successive successful season away from Old Trafford. Having joined Juventus from United on a free transfer in the summer of 2012, he has now won two Serie A titles in a row. The 21-year-old was productive as well, scoring seven goals and providing as many assists.

CM - Kevin Strootman (Roma)

Newly appointed United manager Louis van Gaal is reportedly keen to sign his Dutch compatriot this summer, and one can see why. The box-to-box midfielder is currently sidelined with a knee injury that he suffered in early March, but until then, he was the driving force behind Roma’s challenge for the league.

LAM - Jose Callejon (Napoli)

The 27-year-old was deemed surplus to requirements at Real Madrid last summer and was allowed to leave for Napoli. Under Rafael Benitez, Callejon enjoyed a productive debut season in Serie A, scoring 15 goals and providing six assists. The Spanish attacker showed his versatility and featured on both wings, as well as through the middle.

ST - Carlos Tevez (Juventus)

The former City striker is still going strong, as he completed his first season in Italian football with 19 goals and seven assists in the league. Tevez took to Serie A like a duck to water and quickly reassured the Juventus fans that finally they had a world-class striker in their team. Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain, who was linked with a move to Arsenal last summer, just missed out.

ST - Ciro Immobile (Torino)

Another one-season wonder? He may well prove to be so, but one cannot deny that he was one of the best strikers in Serie A in 2013-14. The 24-year-old finished as the league’s top scorer with 22 goals in 33 matches and led Torino to the brink of European football. Having failed to make his mark at Italian champions Juventus earlier in his career, Immobile enjoyed his best season this term. His form has reportedly attracted interest from Arsenal.

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