While the January transfer window tends to throw up crazier rumours than in the summer, it offers a chance to assess the squad and strengthen where required. Milan used the month to perfection last season by securing Mark van Bommel and Antonio Cassano on their way to the Scudetto. Here is a look at the transfer objectives from those chasing the Scudetto and Champions League.
Whereas Milan’s summer campaign seemed to revolve around the mysterious Mr. X, their current desire is more clear-cut. They are on the lookout for striker to partner Zlatan Ibrahimovic after Cassano’s heart issue, the seemingly constant flow of injury concerns for Alexandre Pato (and a potential rift with Coach Massimiliano Allegri) and Robinho’s inconsistent displays. Carlos Tevez remains the number one aspiration following his troubles at Manchester City. Maxi Lopez has also been heavily linked and is an option should Tevez not arrive.
A much improved campaign under Antonio Conte has Juventus fans dreaming of the Scudetto. The Bianconeri will use January to help chase the dream. They have secured a typically Beppe Marotta loan with option to buy move for Marco Borriello, who will act as the vice Alessandro Matri. Also heavily linked is Martin Caceres, the ex-Juve defender currently at Sevilla. The Uruguayan would ensure additional depth at the back and could mean a return to the centre of defence for Giorgio Chiellini. The January window offers a chance to cut the squad size. Amauri is close to a move away, while Luca Toni and Vincenzo Iaquinta are others who may depart.
Chasing the leading pair are Udinese and Lazio. For the Zebrette, player arrivals appear necessary because of the African Cup of Nations. Key defender Mehdi Benatia will depart, as will midfielders Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Thierry Doubai and Kwadwo Asamoah. Even if just in the short term, the Friuli outfit will need to strengthen. Michele Pazienza of Juventus is a target, as is Angelo Palombo from Sampdoria. The Doria captain is wanted by numerous Serie A clubs and could make transfer difficult to secure. Any additions will also assist the squad when it is time to resume the Europa League.
Meanwhile, Lazio’s early January campaign has been centred on the possible departure of Djibril Cisse. The Frenchman has worked hard but struggled for goals. Lukas Podolski has been mentioned as Lazio look to go one step better than last season and qualify for the Champions League. Further back, they will look for a central midfielder after Lorik Cana’s early season struggles. Zdravko Kuzmanovic, known to Italian audiences from his spell at Fiorentina, is linked with a move to the capital, as is Cesena’s Marco Parolo.
Inter, Napoli and Roma are all chasing a Champions League position. The Nerazzurri are eyeing youngsters for a new cycle, as was seen in their summer dealings. January looks to be no different, with 20-year-old Internacional defender Juan Jesus looking set to join. Napoli have already signalled their intention by splashing £11m on Eduardo Vargas from Universidad de Chile. Finally, Roma will be on the lookout for a defender after Nicolas Burdisso’s knee injury suffered on international duty. The Giallorossi will also be concerned with Daniele De Rossi’s contract extension. With just six months remaining on his current deal, he is free to sign with another club, should he wish.