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David Schiavone On January - 30 - 2011

Pazzini Makes His Mark For Inter After Sampdoria Move

As the transfer window is almost closed there has been a flurry of activity in the peninsula over the last few days. No doubt many of you will be aware of the acquisitions made by both sides in Milan.

Milan picked up Mark van Bommel, Urby Emanuelson and Didac Vila. Meanwhile, Inter splashed the cash on Sampdoria striker Giampaolo Pazzini, with Jonathan Biabiany moving in the other direction.

However, while van Bommel was sent off on his Serie A debut, Pazzini enjoyed a brace against Palermo on his Inter introduction.

Elsewhere the reigning champions made changed to their midfield allowing Sulley Muntari to go on loan to the Premie League with Sunderland until the end of the season, while replacing him with Houssine Kharja who arrives at the San Siro on a six-month loan from Genoa with the Nerazzurri having the option to sign the player permanently on completion of the loan period.

Slipping under the radar somwhat was Inter’s acquisition of Austrian teenager Christoph Knasmullner From Bayern Munich. He has represented Bayern’s youth team while also being capped at U17, U19 and U20 level for the Austrian national side.

At the Stadio Bentegodi, Chievo have signed Milos Dimitrijevic from FK Rad on a six-month loan deal with option to buy at the end of the season. The midfielder will boost the options available to coach Stefano Pioli, and if he impresses could move permanently to the Flying Donkeys.

Looking at a more long term deal, Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini has revealed that youngster Carlos Labrin will join the Rosonero in June 2011. Highly thought of in Chile, the 20-year-old defender could turn out to be another talented South American ready to wow the Stadio Barbera crowd.

New Catania manager Diego Simeone made his first moves in the transfer market, with Gonzalo Bergessio seemingly on his way from French club Saint Etienne. A move that would reunite him with Simeone who managed the striker during his time at San Lorenzo in Argentina.

Other speculation in the peninsula has centred round the Stadio San Paolo as Napoli look to make moves as the window closes. Catania striker Giuseppe Mascara’s reported move to the Partenopei seems to have stalled over the transfer fee, while it has also been said they have signed Gokhan Inler from Udinese for €13 million but it wont go through until the summer.

Genoa are in talks over a move for Juventus striker Amauri, as they seek to improve a barren strikeforce, though a move for the Brazilian doesn’t seem like the best move given his recent goalscoring record.

Also, Cesena have reportedly agreed a permanent deal with FC Tokyo to sign Yuto Nagatomo who is currently on loan at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi. Having impressed many with his performances it could be a coup for the Seahorses should the move go through.

Finally, reports in the peninsula claim that Milan have agreed a deal with Cagliari for goalkeeper Federico Marchetti, though any move will no go through until the summer.

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