The Hottest Deals Of Serie A’s January Transfer Window
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The doors of the Sheraton Hotel in Milan, the legendary location for Serie A’s vibrant Calciomercato deals, will open on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.
Clubs will have four weeks, until until Feb. 1, to complete their transfer moves.
Because the game schedule looks very thick and coronavirus infections will continue to be a factor throughout this 2020/21 Serie A season, adding depth to the roster will be crucial for clubs to come on strong in the remaining 24 league matches.
The league leaders of AC Milan are looking for a center-forward that can act as a target man whenever 39-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimović is unavailable or needs rotation. Ante Rebić, who has occupied that position in the absence of Ibrahimović, interprets that role differently in that he prefers to attack the space with dynamic runs rather than using physical prowess to dominate in and around the penalty box.
The Rossoneri like the profile of Gianluca Scamacca, Genoa’s number 9 on loan from Sassuolo. Besides having shown remarkable goal-scoring instinct, Scamacca stands at 6’4” and weighs 187 pounds, which makes him a suitable candidate for the duties that manager Stefano Pioli asks of his center-forward in Milan’s 4-2-3-1 formation. Milan will have to disburse at least €17 million for the 21-year-old Italian striker.
Another nominee for Milan’s attack is Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik, but the Rossoneri are also considering options from abroad, like Celtic FC’s Odsonne Édouard and Real Madrid’s Luka Jović.
The injuries of center-backs Simon Kjær and Matteo Gabbia have also forced Milan to scout the market for defenders. Milan’s eyes are on 20-year-old Mohamed Simakan, currently in force at Strasbourg. The Ligue 1 club is asking €18 million according to estimates by Corriere della Sera.
Milan are also trying to renew the expiring contracts of Hakan Çalhanoğlu, the talented Turkish trequartista, and Gianluigi Donnarumma, who has become the regular starting goalkeeper for the Italy national team. Çalhanoğlu, Gazzetta dello Sport reports, would like to double the size of his €2.5 million/year contract, while the club has so far offered him €3.5 million.
Donnarumma’s agent, Mino Raiola, is not settling for the €7 million/year proposal advanced by Milan’s sporting director Frederic Massara and technical director Paolo Maldini, Corriere dello Sport reports. As Donnarumma’s future remains uncertain, other clubs, including the direct Serie A rivals of Juventus, are ready to bid for Donnarumma, a keeper that has already registered 191 Serie A appearances at just 21 years of age.
Less than a year since his arrival in Milan, the 28-year-old Danish international is ready to say goodbye to his Nerazzurri teammates, as he no longer fits into manager Antonio Conte’s ideas. Last week, Giuseppe Marotta, Inter’s sporting director, told Sky Sport that Eriksen “is not functional” to the club’s plans.
Along with Romelu Lukaku, Eriksen is the highest earner on the Nerazzurri roster with €7.5 million. Because virtually no club in Italy would be able to grant that kind of wage, it seems more realistic for Eriksen to find a new home abroad, with Paris Saint-Germain being the most likely destination.
To make room for incoming players, Inter are also looking to monetize from selling midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who could fly back to Sardinia and rejoin Cagliari. Nainggolan has gotten very limited playing time under Conte and is taking up a net €4.5 million annual salary.
Gervinho, Parma’s fast 33-year-old Ivorian winger, seems to have jumped on top of Conte’s wish list of attacking players, according to a recent report by Gazzetta dello Sport. Gervinho is a natural winger who is used to playing in a three-man attack, but his speed could suit very well Inter’s counterattacking style of play.
Gervinho’s €1.3 million salary should not represent too big of an obstacle for Inter if they decided to bring him to Appiano Gentile.
Juventus and Roma have officially entered the race for 19-year-old American defender Bryan Reynolds.
The Fort Worth, Texas native, who currently plays as a full-back for Dallas FC of the Major League Soccer, is fast, good on the dribble, and has shown to have the pace that one needs to run up and down the flank at the highest level.
Reynolds drew attention this year thanks to his performances with Dallas FC, which earned him a spot in the MLS’s “22 Under 22,” a list of the best young prospects playing in the top division of U.S. soccer.
Last September, Reynolds signed a four-year contract renewal with Dallas, but that should not stop him from flying overseas if major clubs like Juventus or Roma present him with a one-way ticket to Europe.
Reynolds would become the second active American soccer player in Serie A alongside Juventus’s Weston McKennie, who is likewise a Texas native. Reynolds would also be the sixth ever American player in Serie A history.
Reynolds’s market value, according to Transfermarkt, is currently set at €6 million.
One of Serie A’s biggest talents, Alejandro “Papu” Gómez, is on his way out from Atalanta, as his disagreements with manager Gian Piero Gasperini seem to have reached a point of no return. (Gómez allegedly threw a punch to his manager during halftime of the Dec. 1 UEFA Champions League match against FC Midtjylland, according to Eurosport.)
Gómez is currently on a €2 million/year contract with La Dea until June 2022, according to salary estimates by Gazzetta dello Sport.
Atalanta ask €10 million to let go of Gómez, but they would rather not sell their fantasista to a direct Serie A competitor. At 32 years old, Gómez’s experience, passing range, and finishing skills still make a difference in Serie A, as shown by his seven goals and 14 assists from the past season.
That is why joining a foreign league might seem a more viable option for the Argentine attacking midfielder, who had already been tempted last summer by Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr FC. However, if Gómez pushes to remain in Italy, Atalanta might even agree to a domestic transfer to save up from his paycheck, which is currently the largest in Bergamo.
In that case, Gómez could become one of the hottest names of Serie A’s January transfer window, triggering fierce competition among major Serie A clubs that would be eager to sign one of the league’s most skillful trequartisti.