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Rocco Cammisola On February - 6 - 2012

Serie A January Transfer Review Part 1: Atalanta to Juventus


Guglielmo Stendardo joined Atalanta on loan from Lazio until the end of the season. The 30-year-old defender has spent most of past two seasons on the bench at the Rome club, and will be delighted to get the chance to feature for the first team in Bergamo. (+ve)

Another experienced arrival is midfielder Alessandro Carrozza from Serie B outfit Varese. The 30 year old arrives on loan (with an option to buy) and can play on the left or right of midfield. Carrozza has never played in Serie A but will look to challenge Ezequiel Schelotto for a starting spot. (-ve)

Also from Serie B comes Riccardo Cazzola from newly promoted Juve Stabia. The 26 year old midfielder has played the majority of games in the last season and a half for the side from Castellammare, and arrives on loan for €500k with a further €1m option to buy at the end of this season. Juve Stabia manager, Piero Braglia, implied his worth to the club, saying: “preferred not to speak of the transfer to avoid disrespecting the other players at the club.” (-ve)

Out: Pettinari (m, Varese), Padoin (m, Juventus), Ardemagni (a, Modena), Caserta (m, Juve Stabia)



Algerian born and French youth international, Ishak Belfodil, arrives on loan from Lyon. The 20-year old forward has only played in 7 substitute appearances and 1 start for the French club and will have a number of options ahead of him. In a pre-season friendly against Red Bull Salzburg he showed himself to be a versatile youngster who has decent strength to hold the ball up well, using his 6’3″ frame effectively. He can also bring his team mates into the play with some good footwork and space finding runs. Could he be Marco Di Vaio’s deputy? (+ve)

Bologna have added two young defenders with plenty of promise in this window. Matteo Rubin comes on loan from Torino (via a loan spell at Serie A Parma). The 24 year old made 5 starts and 1 sub appearance for i Ducali and will play on the left hand flank for the Rossoblu. (-ve)

Meanwhile, centre back Frederik Sorensen has seen his playing time at Juventus cut short this season because of the depth and consistency of the squad so has been sent to the Romagnalo club to be developed further. The loan sees a continuation of the relationship fostered between Bologna and Juventus after Albin Ekdal was sent there last season. (+ve)

The window was completed with the signing of 18 year old Ghanaian midfielder Muniru Abdulai from Serie B Nocerina.

Out: Coda (a, Siracusa), Pasi (a, Chiasso), Gavilan (a, Piacenza), Rodriguez (a, Piacenza)



Daniele Dessena was the first signing at Cagliari this winter. Chairman Massimo Cellino had already admitted his realisation that investment was necessary to take the team forward. Dessena returns to Sardegna after an 18 month spell in Genoa with relegated Sampdoria. “I left lots of friends in Cagliari” Dessena said, speaking of his departure in 2010. He continued to say “I didn’t think twice before saying yes to president Cellino … I chose with my heart”. Dessena asked for shirt number 58 to honour motorcyclist Marco Simoncelli. He got 27, though, because high shirt numbers are ‘unexpected’ at Cagliari. (+ve)

Mauricio Pinilla switches islands, coming from Palermo to provide much-needed goals to the Sardinian outfit. The cost of the loan is €300k with the option of making the switch permanent in the summer for a further €3.7m. The Palermo owner questioned the player’s attitudes saying “he had character problems rather than technical ones”, Pinilla could be a superb addition to the Cagliari arsenal. (+ve)

Eighteen year old Nicolas Bovi arrived from Lega Pro side Reggiana on a co-ownership with Daniele Magliocchetti going in the opposite direction. Midfielder, Bovi, is unlikely to see any playing time imminently, and will most likely be sent on loan to a club in a lower league.

Out: Magliocchetti (m, Reggiana), Biondini (m, Genoa), Burrai (m, Latina)



Last season Marco Motta moved to Juventus, a move that crowns the dreams of many young players. The season didn’t quite pan out that way for Motta, and he has been ousted by Stephan Lichtsteiner this season. A loan to Catania represents an opportunity for the right back to establish himself in a position where the Sicilian side have failed to find reliable candidates. (+ve)

Goalkeepers can struggle to get a spot in the first team, but Juan Pablo Carrizo is taking advantage of the ongoing row between the club and Mariano Andujar. Carrizo has joined on loan from Lazio where he is surplus to requirements as the third choice keeper. (+ve)

The revolving door transfer policy in Genoa sees Chilean midfielder Felipe Seymour sent out on loan despite making 13 starts in the first half of the season for the Ligurian club. Seymour joined Genoa last season, but appears to already have been deemed surplus to requirements. He will provide further passing options for Montella to use in midfield, and will help to control games. (+ve)

Striker Osarimen Ebagua has joined from Serie B Torino on loan with an option. Ebagua had only rejoined Torino from Varese in the summer for approximately €1.2m. The 25 year old has only scored 3 goals in 20 appearances for Torino this season and will have a fight on his hands to get into the side despite the departure of Maxi Lopez. (-ve)

Out: Sciacca (c, Grosseto), Keko (a, Grosseto), Andujar (gk, Estudiantes), Maxi Lopez (a, Milan), Delvecchio (m, Lecce), Alvarez (d, Zaragoza), Ledesma (m, Boca Juniors)


World Cup winning Vincenzo Iaquinta has struggled to stay fit for some time now. If Cesena can keep him out of the treatment room, though, he could be enough to save the side from relegation in a second season that has so far been an annus horribilis. Iaquinta has arrived on loan and has spoken of wishing to return to Turin, he’ll have to prove he’s worthy. (-ve)

After failing to nail down a spot at Napoli, and having worked a groove of his own into the bench, Mario Santana was sent on loan to Cesena. The former Fiorentina central midfielder rejoins his former Fiorentina team mate Adrian Mutu. He will add a little more quality to the Cesena midfield, as well as picking up a few bookings. (+ve)

Simone Del Nero was used as a make-weight by Lazio in order to prise Antonio Candreva from Cesena at the last minute in the transfer window dealings. The 30 year old midfielder is unlikely to see any playing time while he is at Cesena. (-ve)

Czech left back Daniel Pudil has joined on loan from Granada.

Out: Meza Colli (a, Alaves), Eder (a, Sampdoria), Bogdani (a, Siena), Candreva (m, Lazio),Ghezzal (a, Levante)



Defender, Dario Dainelli makes his way from Genoa. The 32 year old right footed centre back has made 14 appearances for Genoa so far this season and will bring the average age of the Chievo back-line up a little. Coach, Domenico Di Carlo, will hope that his inclusion brings experience to the Veronese squad. (-ve)

Chievo have also taken 22 year old Serbian defender Nikola Gulan on loan from Fiorentina. Gulan has rarely played, just once passing 15 games in a season - 25 games for Empoli in the 2009-10 season. He will run out the rest of his Fiorentina contract at Chievo. (-ve)

Out: Gallozzi (m, Empoli)



Amauri has left Juventus. After a protracted haggling and a number of rejected moves process the 31 year old striker finally leaves the bianconeri to join an underwhelming Fiorentina side. He joins on loan for €500k and will see out the final 6 months of his Juventus contract in Florence. Amauri will provide a focal point for Fiorentina after the departure of Alberto Gilardino, they have already benefitted by winning against Siena on his debut. (+ve)

Ahmed Hegazy as been dubbed the Egyptian Nesta. A certain amount of hyperbole surrounds the signing of the 20 year old centre back from Ismaily. He will arrive in the summer, costing €1.5m with a 15% sell-on bonus going to the Egyptian club.

Ruben Oliveira joins the Viola for a deal reported to be in the region of €2m. The 28-year-old attacking midfielder arrives from Lecce but has also enjoyed spells at Sampdoria, Genoa and Juventus in Italy. (+ve)

Kenneth Zohore signed from Copenhagen for an undisclosed fee on the striker’s 18th birthday. Zohore is down as ‘one to watch’; he has excellent height, pace and a decent shot and if offered a chance by Delio Rossi could make himself a name to remember. A cloud still remains over the head of the Denmark U19 international regarding his reported attitude problems. (+ve)

Out: Gilardino (a, Genoa), Santiago Silva (a, Boca Juniors), Seferovic (a, Lecce), Savio (m, Vaslui), Munari (m, Sampdoria), Romizi (m, Bari), Babacar (a, Racing Santander)


Further transfer madness in Genoa see 5 players coming in. Alberto Gilardino joins from Fiorentina for approximately €8m in what could be the best transfer of the window in Serie A. Gilardino has been a consistent performer and perhaps could be considered unlucky to not be looked upon as one of Italy’s best strikers. (+ve)

Giuseppe Sculli has returned to the place he calls home, rejoining Genoa a year after he left them to play for Lazio. Sculli has had an indifferent time in the capital and will become one of the many forwards in Genoa’s ranks for Pasquale Marino to call upon. (-ve)

Davide Biondini was discarded by Cagliari after 6 seasons in which he played 176 games, scoring 6 goals. The box-to-box midfielder was out of contract at the end of season and after a round of haggling over his price the switch was made for a reported €1m. Biondini, 29-years-old, should look to cement a place alongside Juraj Kucka in the centre of the midfield. (-ve)

Midfielder, Fernando Belluschi, joins from  Portoguese champions Porto and has already made his ambitions clear proclaiming that “Genoa can reach the Europa League”. The Argentine attacking midfielder has featured consistently for the last few seasons in Portugal, . (-ve)

Out: Caracciolo (a, Novara), Ribas (a, Sporting L), Merkel (m, Milan), Meggiorini (a, Torino), Dainelli (d, Chievo), Seymour (m, Catania)



The signing of Colombian midfielder, Freddy Guarin, had become a shoot-out between Inter and Juventus until the Bianconeri opted to take a defender on board instead. Inter will take the 25-year-old on loan for €1.5m with an option to buy for a further €11m at the end of the season. He will reduce the average age of the Inter midfield. (+ve)

Angelo Palombo joins on loan from Sampdoria to try and reignite his chances of making the Italy Euro 2012 squad. The former-Sampdoria player appears to have ended his time at the Genoa club when the club have ‘temporarily retired’ his number 17 shirt. (+ve)

Juan Jesus joins Inter, from Inter. The Brazilian central defender joins the Italian side from Internacional in Brazil. The 20-year-old joins, who has been described as Lucio’s heir, will rejuvenate the geriatric Inter back-line and is believed to have cost €4m. Inter hoped to send him on loan to gain experience but were unable to do so before window closed - he is unlikely to play this season. (+ve)

Out: Caldirola (d, Brescia), Viviano (gk, Palermo), Jonathan (d, Parma), Coutinho (m, Espanyol), Muntari (m, Milan), Thiago Motta (m, Psg), Mariga (m, Parma)



The signing of Marco Borriello is one that raised many eyebrows in Serie A. The forward arrived on loan from Roma, but the Juventus fans felt he was not worthy of the shirt after turning Juventus down for Roma a few seasons ago. The fans made their message clear by displaying a banner in Lecce that called him a “mercenary without honour”. Borriello will hope to get playing time off the bench and in place of Alessandro Matri. (-ve)

The return of Martin Caceres from Seville was welcomed by many fans. The Uruguayan defender will join as a squad player, not good enough to nail down a first team place but excellent as a back up anywhere along the back-line. (+ve)

Juventus have signed Simone Padoin from Atalanta on a permanent deal in a €5m deal. Padoin arrives instead of Cagliari’s Ragja Nainggolan, and is likely to be fourth choice in the Juventus central midfield. (-ve)

Ajax were unable to hold onto young midfield starlet Ouasim Bouy. The 18-year-old signed a three-and-a-half year deal with Juventus with Ajax receiving an undisclosed fee. With a high proportion of midfielders already at Juventus, it is likely to be some time before the young man makes his first team debut.

Out: Sorensen (d, Bologna), Amauri (a, Fiorentina), Pasquato (m, Torino), Toni (a, Al Nasr), Motta (d, Catania), Iaquinta (a, Cesena), Pazienza (m, Udinese)

Rocco Cammisola

Rocco is a football writer who follows football in England and Italy for a number of sites, including his own - The Football Express ( Most of his writing focuses on the lesser talked about teams, attempting to bring them to the world's attention.

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