Romanian star Adrian Mutu spent around a year with Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan before he was sold to fellow Italian team Hellas Verona. At Inter Milan, Mutu scored once in ten league games.

Hellas Verona paid around €4m to secure the signing of Adrian Mutu from the Nerazurri during the summer’s transfer window in 2000 though they didn’t have complete ownership. Mutu had a lot of good players alongside him while he was at Verona. Quality players such as Massimo Oddo, Albert Gilardino and Mauro Camoranesi were his teammates at Hellas Verona. Camoranesi became a teammate of Mutu again during his time at Juventus, while Gilardino was also his teammate again at Fiorentina.

Adrian Mutu played one of his best games for Verona against fellow strugglers Bari in February 2001. The Romanian star came off the bench with his team a man and a goal down. He inspired his team to a big win. He found the back of the net twice to lead Hellas Verona to a 3-2 win at home to Bari in a Matchday 18 clash. Verona flirted with relegation for the majority of Mutu’s first season at the club. In the end, they survived relegation by winning the relegation tie-breaker playoffs. In the summer of 2001, Hellas Verona paid almost €3m to secure full ownership of Mutu.

Mutu left Hellas Verona to sign for fellow Italian team Parma one year after Verona sealed complete ownership. After one season at Parma, new Premier League moneybags Chelsea splashed the cash to sign him. Chelsea were the Premier League moneybags at the time and they paid €22.5m to secure his transfer. His transfer was confirmed on August 12, 2003 and he put pen to paper  on a five-year deal. Eleven days later, he scored the winner in a 2-1 win over Leicester City on the occasion of his debut for the West London side.


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