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January Mercato Report: Cesena

Cesena was the only Serie A club to not acquire any players during the January transfer window.

For a club currently in 19th place and relegation bound, it was rather surprising that Cesena did not make a push to reinforce their squad during the January transfer window. Given the budgetary constraints some creativity was in order to perhaps sell some players of value and acquire someone to fill a specific need.

Coach Domenico Di Carlo had requested a regista to play in front of the defence but alas his wish was never fulfilled.

Out

– Hugo Almeida, 30, rescission, striker
– Antonio Mazzotta, 25, Catania, six-month loan with option to buy, left-back
– Manuel Coppola, 32, Catania, permanent deal, central midfielder
– Luca Garritano, 20, Modena, six-month loan, right winger

Departures

Hugo Almeida: The Portuguese forward featured in 10 games for Cesena however did not score a single goal. He was deemed expendable and the club had no qualms letting him go, saving his salary in the process. In fact the contract was terminated by mutual consent.

Wrap-up/Verdict: The players that were let go created a savings of approximately 1.5M euros in salaries that no longer need to be paid. Perhaps the management decided to roll the dice and not tinker too much with the squad and hope the current group avoids relegation. In addition, there are several injured players due to return to action, namely Marilungo, Cazzola and Tabanelli – so they can be viewed as acquisitions.

The club is being criticized for not making any acquisitions and this puts into question the work of sporting director Rino Foschi. Was he under orders not to spend, or was he incapable of closing any deals? With the sale of Almeida, no replacement was found. An attempt to acquire El Hamdoui from Fiorentina failed as the player did not want to leave Florence.

Like other small clubs, Cesena also resisted the temptation to sell their important players. There was considerable interest for Defrel, who Di Carlo says has “the speed of Cuadrado and the technical ability of Robben.” In fact, Foschi admitted that there was an offer of 3.5M euros for the half of Defrel that Cesena owns, but they refused to sell their leading scorer.

Will the vote of confidence given to the current squad be enough to let them stay in Serie A next season?

Mercato Grade: D+

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