The mercato took a back seat to the big match between Juventus and Roma and the news about Giuseppe Rossi’s injury. While he will take more tests tomorrow, there is a lot of pessimism within Fiorentina after Pepito suffered another injury. His agent drove him home after the game, hopefully we will have some good news tomorrow. As we wait here is a recap of the mercato news from this weekend:
1) Fiorentina continues to be very interested in Verona’s Jorginho. Yesterday Montella mentioned he is hoping for another big acquisition in January (last year Rossi arrived) and described Jorginho as an excellent player. Jorginho is an ideal replacement for Pizarro, who has been a key player for Montella. With Ilicic back and Mario Gomez set to return, Fiorentina could replace Rossi internally.
2) Milan and Inter are currently involved in a derby on the mercato. Milan has a verbal agreement for D’Ambrosio for next season (he has an expiring contract) but Inter is looking to acquire him now. They offered Torino midfielder Mudingayi but the granata are looking for someone with different attributes, they are also interested in Bardi and Duncan, two players Inter has loaned to Livorno. Milan could try to acquire D’Ambrosio now by offering a player to Torino.
3) Roma has been very active on the mercato. Nainggolan remains their top choice to bring depth to the midfield (Parolo’s stock seems to be down a bit this weekend), but the new name for them is Besiktas’ midfielder Ozyakup. He is a highly touted box to box midfielder, but he appears too expensive at the moment. Judging by the tweets I got from my Turkish followers he seems like the real deal. Roma is also set to acquire Boca Juniors prospect Paredes, he will arrive in Italy tomorrow, but he will have to be loaned to another since Roma doesn’t have an available non EU slot- Sassuolo and Sampdoria are possibilities. Should Paredes play well rest of season (although he is recovering from an injury) it could make Roma less likely to pursue Verona’s Iturbe.
4) Fredy Guarin’s move to Chelsea has stalled. The London base club has yet to make a formal offer to the Nerazzurri and they have yet to agree to terms with the player. I suspect Taider’s recent injury makes Inter less likely to want to move Guarin, and finding a good replacement would be difficult and expensive. But an Inter player is heading to Chelsea after all. Wallace is set to return to Chelsea after barely playing (Jonathan has had a strong comeback season and Zanetti is back) for Mazzarri (I will miss not being able to make some Wire themed “Where’ Wallace? jokes”). Inter’s interest in D’Ambrosio is also driven by the fact Pereira is likely heading to Marseille on loan. Striker Belfodil has been linked to Sassuolo and West Ham. So far most of the news for Inter has been regarding players leaving…
5) Juventus and Sassuolo continue to do business together. Cagliari’s CB Ariaudo officially joined Sassuolo for rest of the season (he had an expiring contract), Di Marzio is reporting Juve is likely behind the move and they could consider acquiring Ariaudo on co ownership next summer. Ariuado is a Juve youth team product so he could eventually (not necessarily next season) be used to meet the CL list homegrown requirement. Sassuolo is starting to be to Juve what Genoa is to Milan considering that Zaza, Berardi, Marrone are also co owned by Sassuolo and Juventus (Ziegler is also there on loan). Sassuolo is also interested in Juve’s De Ceglie but face the competition of Livorno who also likes Juve’s Motta.
6) There is a new contender in the race for Nainggolan. Napoli’s president De Laurentiis had been quietly negotiating with Cellino for week on a co ownership deal for the midfielder, but Napoli has yet to agree to terms with the player. Both Nainggolan and his agent where in Milano today, Nainggolan’s agent Beltrami had dinner with Cagliari’s sporting director Salerno but Napoli did not come up in the conversation. Nainggolan appears like less of a fit into Napoli’s midfield than Gonalons, who confirmed Napoli’s interest in an interview today, I suspect Napoli wouldn’t acquire both Nainggolan and Gonalons since they also need to invest in the defense in January. With numerous contenders it doesn’t appear like the Nainggolan saga is close to an end.