Juventus (1st place, 50 points) – At the end of January, Juventus now have a 7 point lead over Roma and some people see the Scudetto race almost over already.
Alessandro Matri from Milan on a six-month loan
Stefano Sturaro recalled from loan at Genoa
Redeemed Empoli's 50% of Daniele Rugani for €3.5M (will join in the summer)
Paolo De Ceglie recalled from loan spell at Parma
Matri replaces Giovinco on the forward line. Sturaro provides quality depth in midfield. Rugani is one of the brightest young defending talents in Italy and De Ceglie was recalled to replace Giovinco’s homegrown player status and provide some cover at left-back. Good signings for the future too by the Bianconeri:
Andrès Felipe Tello on loan with option to buy from Envigado
Pol Lirola on loan with option to buy from Espanyol
Filipe on a permanent deal from Gremio
Andrija Filipovic, permanent deal from Rijeka
Sebastian Giovinco to Toronto FC on a free transfer
Their 50% of Manolo Gabbiadini to Napoli for €6.5M
Marco Motta terminated his contract
Federico Mattiello on loan to Chievo Verona
Laurentiu Branescu on permanent deal to Haladas
Alberto Masi on permanent deal to Ternana
Expect Juve to keep the gas on the pedal and lift their 4th Scudetto in a row. Already in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia where they will face the winner of Roma-Fiorentina. The real question left this season is their performance in the Champions League, as they face Borussia Dortmund in the First Knockout Round this month.
Roma (2nd place, 43 points) - Having drawn their last 4 games in the league, the Scudetto perhaps seems just too far away. They are playing Fiorentina right now in the Coppa Italia semi-final.
Seydou Doumbia from CSKA Moscow for €14.4M.
Victor Ibarbo from Cagliari on a €2.5M loan with €12.5M option to buy
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa redeemed from Newcastle for €7.3M
Nicolas Spolli from Catania on a €1.5M loan with €1.5M option to buy
Doumbia will provide Roma with a central striker who can stretch defenses, has quality pace. Ibarbo will provide cover for Juan Iturbe, who suffered ligament damage to his right knee, and is another speedy winger. Yanga-Mbiwa has played well this season and has been important after the loss of Benatia and illness to Castan. Spolli brought in for depth at center-back. Sabatini made some impressive purchases for down the road:
18 year old Kevin Mendez from Penarol for €2M
17 year old Ezequiel Ponce from Newell's Old Boys for €5M
18 Josè Machin Dicombo aka Pepin from Malaga on a permanent deal
Mattia Destro to Milan on a €500,000 loan with €16M option to buy
Tin Jedvaj to Bayer Leverkusen for €7M
Marco Borriello to Genoa on permanent deal
Urby Emanuelson to Atalanta on permanent deal
Roma have to get back to winning way with Napoli only 4 points behind. If they go on an impressive run and Juve slip up, they might get a shot at the Scudetto.
Napoli (3rd place, 39 points) – After 3 consecutive wins, Napoli find themselves with a nice little 5-point cushion in 3rd place. They play Inter in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday night.
Manolo Gabbiadini from Sampdoria/Juventus for €13M
Ivan Strinic on a free transfer after his contract with Dnipro expired
These two new signings linked up to score the winning goal against Chievo this weekend. Gabbiadini will be looking to continue the fine form he started the season on with Sampdoria. Strinic has played in January as Ghoulam had African Cup of Nations duty and has really impressed so far, he seems to definitely be a quality pickup.
Antonio Rosati to Fiorentina on permanent deal
Napoli will definitely aim to secure 2nd or 3rd place for Champions League football next season. Surprised they didn’t try to improve their central defense with Abiol and Britos being weak links. I would like to see Jorginho have more of an influence in midfield.
Lazio (4th place, 34 points) – Although they’re coming off a very disappointing 2-1 loss to Cesena, they have made it to the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia.
Mauricio from Sporting Lisbon on loan with €2.65M obligation to buy
Brayan Perea recalled from loan at Perugia
Mauricio seems to be a promising signing at the back for Lazio, let’s see how he performs. Perea brought back after striker Dordevic fractured his ankle.
Alvaro Gonzalez to Torino on loan with option to buy
Antonio Rozzi to Virtus Entella on six-month loan
Josip Elez to Honved on six-month loan
Lazio obviously in the race for the coveted 3rd place race but I don’t see them surpassing Napoli. They will face winner of Napoli-Inter in Coppa Italia semi-final.
Sampdoria (5th place, 34 points) – Owner Massimo Ferrero splashed some cash in far-fetched dreams of finishing in 3rd place.
Samuel Eto'o from Everton on a free transfer
Luis Muriel from Udinese on loan with €10.5M obligation to buy
Ezequiel Munoz from Palermo on six-month loan
Alfred Duncan redeemed from Inter for €2.6M
Afriyie Acquah from Hoffenheim on six-month loan
Federico Bonazzoli for €4.5M with €9M buy-back clause (will remain at Inter until summer)
Eto’o and Muriel should be fun to watch up front along with Okaka as Sampdoria found their Gabbiadini replacement (Muriel). Munoz is a solid center back who’s contract expires in June and might join Milan on a free transfer. Duncan and Acquah are both decent signings for the midfield. Bonazzoli is a good prospect with a bright future, good deal for both clubs as Inter also have a buy-back clause.
Their 50% of Manolo Gabbiadini to Napoli for €6.5M
Daniele Gastaldello to Bologna on a permanent deal
Nenad Krsticic to Bologna on loan with option to buy
Gianluca Sansone to Bologna on loan
Fiorentina (6th place, 32 points) –Sold their star player to Chelsea and await Giuseppe Rossi to return from injury. La Viola did make some quality signings. Montella will surely miss Cuadrado but Diamanti and Salah should be able to be productive. La Viola will surely want to claim a Europa League spot.
Mohamed Salah from Chelsea on six-month loan (option to extend loan to 2016 for €1M)
Alessandro Diamanti from Guangzhou on loan with option to buy
Alberto Gilardino from Guangzhou on loan with option to buy
Aleandro Rosi from Genoa on six-month loan
Antonio Rosati from Napoli on a permanent deal
Salah a decent quick-fix replacement for Cuadrado, could see him doing well in Serie A. Diamanti and Gilardino return to Italy, hopefully haven’t lost to much of their class. Gilardino shooting for 200 Serie A goals. Rosi is a nifty little player who can play both RB and RW.
Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea for about €31M
Marko Marin ended his loan spell
Joshua Brillante to Empoli on 18-month loan
Oleksandar Iakovenko to Den Haag on six-month loan
Rafal Wolski to Mechelen on loan
Palermo (7th place, 30 points) – Have had a great start to their return to Serie A. A very well disciplined squad who will look to continue their good form. Wonderkid Paulo Dybala has been terrific. Very entertaining team to watch. Will want to keep a good league position and maybe just maybe snatch a Europa League spot if they keep playing well.
Danilo Ortiz from Cerro Porteno on loan with option to buy
Mato Jajalo from Rijeka on a permanent deal
Andrea Rispoli from Parma on a six-month loan with option to buy
Ezequiel Munoz to Sampdoria on six-month loan
Eros Pisano to Hellas Verona on loan with option to buy
Sol Bamba to Leeds on loan with option to buy
Granddi N'Goyi to Leeds on loan with option to buy
Milan (8th place, 29 points) – Very busy last few days of the mercato for the Rossoneri. After two very disappointing performances against Lazio, Inzaghi was almost sacked but seems to have dodged the bullet for now. Milan has been hit with many injuries including El Shawarawy, Abate, De Sciglio, Bonaventura, Bonera and De Jong. Hopefully with some qualities signings Milan can get a Europa League spot.
Mattia Destro from Roma on a €500,000 loan with €16M option to buy
Alessio Cerci from Atletico Madrid on an 18-month loan
Luca Antonelli from Genoa on a six-month loan with €4.5M obligation to buy
Salvatore Bocchetti from Spartak Moscow on six-moth loan with option to buy
Suso from Liverpool on a permanent deal
Gabriel Paletta from Parma with a reported fee of €1M
Destro was one of the biggest signings in Italy this mercato as he will provide Milan with much needed quality at center forward. The Torres-Cerci loan swap deemed as a success by almost all Milan fans. Cerci had struggled to regain his form but played very well against Parma this past weekend, now it’s time to see him perform against quality opposition. Antonelli and Bocchetti will certainly provide an upgrade at LB over Armero, even though Bocchetti was poor in his debut. Suso is a skillful player who might find it tough to get playing time but certainly has good potential. Paletta is a low risk, low reward signing but could prove to be quite a bargain.
Fernando Torres to Atletico Madrid on an 18-month loan
Alessandro Matri to Juventus on a six-month loan
Antonio Nocerino to Parma on loan
M'Baye Niang to Genoa on a six-month loan
Riccardo Saponara to Empoli on loan with option to buy
Andrea Petagna to Vicenza on loan
Kingsley Boateng to Bari, on a permanent deal
I expect to see more of a strategy/purpose from Inzaghi and his tactics. Milan played well (in the 2nd half) against Parma but didn’t seem to have much of a gameplan. Will be interesting to see how Destro settles in and if he can get back to his scoring ways. Milan had a very good mercato and now let’s see how they perform, their aim should be for a Europa League spot.
Genoa (9th place, 29 points) – After an impressive start to the season, they’ve gone winless in their last 7 matches and have slid down the table. Gasperini will look to get back to winning ways.
Tino Costa from Spartak Moscow on 18-month loan
Marco Borriello from Roma on a permanent deal
Lorenzo Ariaudo from Sassuolo on six-month loan
M'Baye Niang from Milan on six-month loan
Leonardo Pavoletti from Sassuolo on six-month loan with option to buy
Diego Laxalt from Inter on 18-month loan with option to buy
Tino Costa has been injured and should return in about two weeks, should be a solid signing. Borriello replaces Matri at striker. Niang and Pavoletti also provide decent options going forward.
Luca Antonelli to Milan on six-month loan with €4.5M obligation to buy
Mauricio Pinilla to Atalanta on loan with €2M forced option to buy
Stefano Sturaro ended his loan spell ad joined Juventus
Ioannis Fetfatzidis to Chievo Verona on loan with option to buy
Leandro Greco to Hellas Verona on a six-month loan
Aleandro Rosi to Fiorentina on a six-month loan
Torino (10th place, 28 points) – On a nice 3 game winning streak and coming off an impressive 5-1 romping of Sampdoria. Will look to maintain a respectable league position.
Maxi Lopez from Chievo Verona on a permanent transfer
Alvaro Gonzalez from Lazio on loan with option to buy
Salvador Ichazo from Danubio on loan with €2.3M option to buy
Struggled to score goals before the Sampdoria match but now have Quagliarella, Amauri and Maxi Lopez up top who can certainly score provided the service
Antonio Nocerino end of loan spell from Milan
Jean-François Gillet to Catania on a permanent deal
Marcelo Larrondo to Tigre on loan with option to buy
Ruben Perez end of loan spell from Atletico Madrid
Sassuolo (11th place, 28 points) – Coming off a quality 3-1 win over Inter. Eusebio Di Francesco has done a very impressive job with the Neroverdi the last two seasons, the clubs first ever stint in Serie A. Refused to let Simone Zaza move to Juve in January.
Dejan Lazarevic from Chievo Verona on a six-moth loan with option to buy
Anatasios Donis from Juventus on a 18-month loan
Lorenzo Ariaudo to Genoa on a six-month loan
Leonardo Pavoletti to Genoa on a six-month loan with option to buy
Alessio Vita to Vicenza on loan
Udinese (12th place, 28 points) – Coming off a solid performance in a 0-0 draw with Juventus. Club legend Toto Di Natale has received a lucrative offer from a MLS club and may leave for the United States this summer. Strammacioni has done a decent job in his first season.
Stipe Perica from Chelsea on 18-month loan
Rodrigo Aguirre end of loan spell at Empoli
Michal Pechacek from Teplice on six-month loan
Luis Muriel to Sampdoria on six-month loan with €10.5M obligation to buy
Zeljko Brkic to Cagliari on six-month loan
Andrea Coda to Sampdoria on six-month loan with obligation to buy
Marco Davide Faraoni to Perugia on six-month loan
Inter (13th place, 26 points) – It’s been a very disappointing season for the Nerazzurri. Roberto Mancini has replaced Walter Mazzari on the sideline but Mancini has yet to set out his blueprint for this team. A Europa League spot is very unlikely and Inter are only 8 points above the relegation zone. I’m expecting Inter’s performances to get better as Mancini starts to implement his system, especially with some good signings.
Xherdan Shaqiri from Bayern Munich on loan with €15M forced option to buy
Lukas Podolski from Arsenal on a six-month loan
Davide Santon from Newcastle on loan with €4.5 option to buy (becomes forced option after he starts 10 games)
Marcelo Brozovic from Dinamo Zagreb on a two-year loan with obligation to buy
Italo from Vasco da Gama on a permanent deal
Inter won the race to sign Shaqiri beat Liverpool and Juventus, who eventually dropped out of race. He’s a quality player who could definitely use playing time to develop into a better player. Podolski is a nice little pick up for the rest of the season. Santon returns to his homegrown club and will be a decent versatile signing. Brozovic is a quality midfielder who could be a very good signing.
Alvaro Pereira to Estudiantes on a six-month loan
Alfred Duncan to Sampdoria for €2.6M
Rene Krhin to Cordoba on a six-month loan
Diego Laxalt to Genoa on 18-month loan with option to buy
Ibrahima Mbaye to Bologna on loan with obligation to buy
Hellas Verona (14th place, 24 points) – Mandorlini looks to avoid regulation for the 2nd consecutive year. 37 year old Luca Toni has 6 goals on the season.
Leandro Greco from Genoa on loan
Eros Pisano from Palermo on loan with option to buy
Fernandinho from Gremio on loan
Alejandro Gonzalez to Cagliari on loan
Nene to Spezia on a six-month loan
Matteo Bianchetti to Spezia on six-month loan
Antonio Luna to Speiza on six-month loan
Michael Rabusic to Crotone on a six-month loan
Atalanta (15th place, 23 points) – The Bergamo side have had a mediocre season so far. They did beat Milan 1-0 at the San Siro two weeks ago. They’ll look to avoid relegation and maintain a decent league standing. Made two solid lowkey signings in Emanuelson and Pinilla.
Mauricio Pinilla from Genoa on loan with €2M forced option to buy
Urby Emanuelson from Roma on a permanent deal
Frank Kessie from Stella Club on loan with option to buy
Salvatore Molina to Carpi on a six-month loan
Alberto Almici to Avellino on a six-month loan
Matteo Ardemagni to Perugia on a six-month loan
Mario Pugliese to Carpi on a six-month loan
Empoli (16th place, 20 points) – Maurizio Sarri has done a commendable job with the newly promoted side and they played well to draw Roma 1-1 this past weekend. Daniele Rugani has been fantastic at the back this season without receiving even one yellow card. 35-year-old striker Massimo Maccarone is still performing well. Juventus redeemed their 50% of Rugani for €3.5M but he will stay with Empoli for the remainder of the season. I think they’ll avoid the relegation drop.
Riccardo Saponara from Milan on loan with option to buy
Joshua Brillante from Fiorentina on an 18-month loan
Michele Somma from Roma on a six-month loan
Matteo Bianchetti end of loan spell from Hellas Verona
Diego Laxalt end of loan spell from Inter
Rodrigo Aguirre end of loan spell from Udinese
Cagliari (17th place, 19 points) – Gianfranco Zola replaced Zeman on the bench in late December. M’Poku brought in to replace Ibarbo. They will be battling hard to avoid relegation.
Josef Husbauer from Sparta Prague on loan with option to buy
Duje Cop from Dinamo Zagreb on loan with option to buy
Zeljko Brkic from Udinese on loan
Alejandro Gonzalez from Hellas Verona on a six-month loan
Paul-Josè M'Poku from Standard Liege on a six-month loan with option to buy
Victor Ibarbo to Roma on a €2.5M loan with €12.5M option to buy
Sebastian Eriksson to Goteborg on loan
Antonio Loi to Carpi on a six-month loan
Nicholas Muzzi to Sampdoria on a permanent deal
Chievo Verona (18th place, 18 points) – The Flying Donkeys will have to play well and pick up some points to avoid relegation. Milan youth product Alberto Paloschi leads the team with 4 goals. Fetfatzidis is a good signing who can help to create up front. Even though they’ve avoided the drop the last few seasons, I think they will get relegated.
Ioannis Fetfatzidis from Genoa on loan with option to buy
Nicola Pozzi from Parma on a six-month loan with €1,000 option to buy
Anders Christiansen from Nordsjaelland on a permanent deal
Armando Vajushi from Litex Lovec on a permanent deal
Federico Mattiello from Juventus on a six-month loan
Maxi Lopez to Torino on a permanent deal
Dejan Lazarevic to Sassuolo on a six-moth loan with option to buy
Thomas Mangani to Angers on a six-month loan
Edimar to Cordoba on loan
Nicola Bellomo to Bari on loan with option to buy
Cesena (19th place, 15 points) – Coming off a surprising 2-1 victory over Lazio in which Gregoire Drefel scored a great long distance goal. I see them as an almost definite to drop back down to Serie B.
Alhassane Soumah from Juventus on a six-month loan
Hugo Almeida terminated his contract
Antonio Mazzotta to Catania on loan with option to buy
Manuel Coppola to Catania on a permanent deal
Parma (20th place, 9 points) – It’s been an absolute disastrous season for Donadoni’s side. After a very impressive 6th place finish last season, it has all went downhill for Parma. Tommaso Ghirardi sold the club to an Albanian businessman before the year but the club is still in debt and the players haven’t been paid in months. 14 players left the club in January and the future looks very bleak and the club is a definite to be relegated. Cassano terminated his contract. Rodriguez, Varela and Nocerino are decent signings but it won’t be enough.
Cristian Rodriguez from Atletico Madrid on six-month loan
Silvestre Varela from Porto on a six-month loan
Antonio Nocerino from Milan on a six-month loan
Zouhair Feddal recalled from loan at Palermo
Andi Lila from Pas Giannina on a six-month loan with option to buy
Antonio Cassano terminated his contract
Gabriel Paletta to Milan for reported fee of €1M
Felipe terminated contract
Paolo De Ceglie ended loan spell from Juventus
Afriyie Acquah ended loan spell from Hoffenheim
Nicola Pozzi to Chievo on a six-month loan with €1,000 option to buy
Andrea Rispoli to Palermo on six-month loan with option to buy
Matti Destro in his Milan debut
Muriel and Eto'o joining Sampdoria
Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado moved to Chelsea
Shaqiri and Podolski at Inter