Italy is a deadly serious footballing nation. They’ve produced the most elegant defenders ever to have graced the game, some wonderful creative talents and several of history’s most lethal attackers.
The country has won four World Cups for crying out loud – only Brazil has more.
A few of the country’s finest have served English top-flight clubs magnificently over the past three decades. Gianfranco Zola, Roberto Di Matteo and Gianluca Vialli at Chelsea, Paulo Di Canio and Angelo Ogbonna at West Ham.
But there have been more than few Premier League clubs who have taken a punt on an Italian player that turns out to be a true head-scratcher, or that you look back on and think: surely that didn’t really happen.
We’ve rounded up some of the weirdest and wildest.
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