Lautaro Martinez delivered again in the Derby d’Italia, scoring his 13th Serie A goal of the season. He’s running away in the capocannoniere chart. His haul in this calendar year is equally impressive. He has hit the net 27 times in 2023 and is eyeing an Inter record.
After squeaking past Fiorentina, Milan have started preparing for the pivotal Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund, where they’ll have to make do without Rafael Leao again. The star winger has remained sidelined in practice to open the week. There’s some hope he’ll return versus Frosinone during the weekend.
Juventus have been attached to a litany of midfielders, but CEO Cristiano Giuntoli admitted that they might not necessarily add a new one if they don’t find the right kind of deal. "“I don’t think an addition would to a whole lot. We’re all giving our best."
Even though Maurizio Sarri threatened to quit following the latest loss against Salernitana, it doesn’t look like there’ll be changes on the Lazio bench in the near future. But it’s possible the coach and the club will part ways at the end of the season if the results aren’t satisfactory.
Napoli has lost another left-back to injury, Mathias Olivera, but they remain unlikely to turn to the free-agent pool to replenish the position. They had thought about it after Mario Rui went down, ultimately opting against it. That will be the case again.
Roma have started monitoring two youngsters for the present and the future, Lorenzo Pirola and Ross McCausland. The former is an immediate target, while they have joined the race to sign the latter on a Bosman move. They have been operating to find a new defender.
Four elite Premier League sides scouted Khvicha Kvaratskhelia in the recent match between Georgia and Spain in Valladolid. Emissaries from Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Newcastle were in the stands for the latest Euro 2024 qualifier. The burgeoning interest puts pressure on Napoli.
Nicolò Casale is quickly back on the mend after missing a few matches in October and November because of a right adductor strain. He had returned in the Derby. The rough season of the former Verona center-back could push Lazio to seek a defender in January.
Galatasaray have laid eyes on Leonardo Spinazzola, whose Roma contract expires at the end of the season. The Giallorossi have decided to wait it out on the matter, letting him play out his final year. They had done the same with Stephan El Shaarawy and Chris Smalling, who eventually re-upped.
Bologna aces Lewis Ferguson and Joshua Zirkzee are drawing suitors ahead of the January window, but Bologna have every intention of keeping their squad intact, as director Marco Di Vaio stated: “They won’t move, and we are on the same page with them on that."
Rafaela Pimenta has commented on a few of her clients that will enliven the January transfer window during an event in Rome. He began by addressing Marcos Leonardo: “That would be a question for the Giallorossi. He’s ready to leave, and his price tag has been determined."
Juventus recovered some pieces during the break, but the availability of Manuel Locatelli for the Derby d’Italia will go down to the wire. He has been nursing a cracked rib for the past couple of weeks. He has never trained fully so far and is still in significant pain.