The following is probably the strongest XI of recent signings from the Serie A: Romero Darmian/Hoedt - Rudiger - Ogbonna Zappacosta - Pereyra - Lemina - Pogba - Alonso Coutinho Salah If counting players who moved from the Serie A indirectly to the EPL, one could add Ibrahimovic, Sanchez and Morata to the formation. Possibly a bit shakey defensively but CL-competent in other departments. Can we all now, considering the general success of the XI above, agree that the perceived risk of buying from the Serie A is no higher than that of buying from any other league, the EPL included? City has based its success on buying some of the best players from Germany, La Liga and Ligue 1, rather than overspending on domestic talent. Stones and Walker are obvious exceptions although not crucial for their transfer model. I see the myth of buying foreign players, especially from Serie A, being repeated in other threads regarding Dybala, for instance. Some players from that league have underperformed (Darmian, Cuadrado, Zaza who is currently dominating in Spain) while others are performing much better than expected (Coutinho, Salah, Alonso, Lemina). Why am I still seeing posts regarding top class players in other top leagues being considered “not likely to repeat it in England”?