The big boys have made moves to address the chronic issue in the Italian game, which has proven a particular ailment for the big three over the past 12 months
It's not unusual for even the biggest of clubs to find fault with an area of their first-team squad, indeed it's a natural course of action for any team looking to stay at the top to be on the lookout for ways to improve. But Italy's three supergiants found themselves in a state of flux over the very same issue at one time or another last season. The traditional powerhouses of Inter, Juventus and AC Milan all struggled to answer questions asked of their full-backs during the course of 2010-11 and all three have made moves on the market to resolve the problem ahead of the new Serie A campaign.
Whether looking for answers within Italy, across Europe, or indeed by scouring the world, the triumvirate have managed to plug gaps in the positions causing consternation to many clubs across the peninsula. Perhaps tellingly, only one Italian is likely to start the season as a first choice right-back within the big three, and Ignazio Abate was originally a winger before being converted to the deeper role.