Transfer activity has been especially rife in Serie A this summer, with Roberto Mancini doing some expensive business at Inter Milan, Juventus effectively signing four new strikers as Carlos Tevez returns to Argentina, AC Milan securing a big-money striker and Roma currently close to negotiating deals for Premier League pair Mohamed Salah and Edin Dzeko.
With all this change to forward lines in the division, the Serie A top scorer market seems especially open, with the challenge being which players will settle quickest into their new clubs.
Assessing those at the head of the market, bwin are offering the current best price on the front six in the betting. Here is some information that may help you decide who is most worth backing:
Mauro Icardi (Inter) – 5/1
The 22-year-old took a major step forward last season, with his 22 goals making him joint Serie A top-scorer with veteran Luca Toni. Icardi’s previous best league tally for a campaign was 10.
He has since snubbed a move to Chelsea to sign a new deal at Inter and the arrivals of the likes of Stevan Jovetic and Geoffrey Kondogbia should make Mancini’s men a better side than last season.
Antonio di Natale was the last player to scoop the top-scorer gong in successive seasons in 2010 and 2011.
Mario Mandzukic (Juventus) – 7/1
Juventus may have lifted the Serie A title in four successive seasons, but they have not provided a Golden Boot winner since 2008, when Alessandro del Piero netted one more than Old Lady teammate David Trezeguet to secure the honour.
It is testament to how they share their goals around the squad that they have been so successful since, but the recent departures of both Tevez and Arturo Vidal may increase the neccessity on finding a routine scorer.
Mandzukic has averaged better than a goal every three league games in every season since breaking through at NK Zagreb in 2006, although his most profitable season has been the 18 he netted for Bayern Munich in 2014.
However, the Serie A top scorer has netted 20+ goals every season this century, which indicates that the Croatian will need to step up his scoring ratio after signing from Atletico Madrid for £13.6 million.
Carlos Bacca (AC Milan) – 10/1
After scoring 20 goals for Sevilla last season, Milan decided to spend over £20 million to bring the 28-year-old to Italy and he is arguably their first genuinely top level centre forward since Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Swede topped the scoring charts in his final season before joining PSG and Bacca has the credentials to follow suit.
However, it is worth noting that Bacca has never scored more than 14 league goals in his debut season with a new club.
Luiz Adriano (AC Milan) – 12/1
Joining Bacca at the San Siro is former Shakhtar hitman Adriano and he certainly won’t be lacking in confidence after accepting Milan’s number nine shirt previously worn by the likes of Marco van Basten and Filippo Inzaghi.
The concerns with him though are that he has only once previously scored more than 12 goals in a league season with Shakhtar, having spent nine campaigns in the Ukraine, and he is not especially different to Bacca in the sense that both spend the majority of their time operating in opposing penalty boxes.
Bearing in mind that Bacca was the more costly purchase, Adriano is far from guaranteed enough minutes to score 20+ Serie A goals.
Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli) – 12/1
The big problem with backing Higuain is how long he will remain in Serie A, having been linked with numerous other clubs this summer, including Arsenal and Manchester City.
Other speculation is that he is ready to extend his current deal until 2019.
Higuain’s scoring pedigree cannot be knocked, as he has contributed 35 league goals across the last two Serie A seasons.
If he does stay, the other issue is whether new Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri can get the best out of him.
Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – 12/1
Dybala was previously described by Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini as the next Sergio Aguero, although 21 goals in 90 league appearances for the Sicilian club across three seasons suggests the young Argentine has some improvements to make.
The Serie A top scorer in each of the last two seasons has registered 22 goals.
Like Adriano, Dybala is another that may struggle to play enough minutes this season, with Juventus expected to start with Mandzukic and Alvaro Morata as their preferred strike pairing, leaving the 21-year-old to make an impact from the bench.
He will almost certainly be one to watch in this market over the next few seasons.