Atalanta drew praise for their offensive additions after cashing in on Rasmus Hojlund last summer, but their newcomers haven’t kept up the good form after a strong impact early on. El Bilal Touré quickly suffered a massive thigh injury. Gianluca Scamacca and Charles De Ketelaere have been hit-or-miss as of late.
Benoit Badiashile was the most recent addition to the Milan shortlist for the defense following Pierre Kalulu’s major thigh injury. The Frenchman recently made his seasonal debut and had a few blunders against Newcastle United, as Chelsea lost 1-4. The Rossoneri want him on loan with an option to buy.
Juventus have taken an interest in Georgyi Sudakov and are concocting a plan for January, but the talent is in high demand, as Arsenal, Barcelona, and a few other sides are tracking him as well. The competition fuels Shakhtar Donetsk’s requests, complicating the Bianconeri's plans.
Inter have been keeping tabs on Piotr Zielinski, whose Napoli contract runs out at the end of the season. They had new contacts with his camp to learn about the cost of the potential addition. Even though he’d eventually join them in a Bosman move the signing would still be pretty expensive.
Dusan Vlahovic had a colorful celebration after scoring against Inter on Sunday, bagging his first goal in two months after losing minutes primarily because of a back problem. The striker showed his jersey number and silenced the critics following his successful strike.
Bologna might add a striker in January, and they are interested in Roma’s Sardar Azmoun, who hasn’t played much so far at Roma. While they plot to keep Joshua Zirkzee, they could move on from his backup Sidney Van Hooijdonk. The two forwards would also be able to team up.
Several teams, including Juventus, Milan, and Inter, have taken notice of Claudio Echeverri, who turned heads during the recent U-17 World Cup. He had a hat-trick versus Brazil. A host of suitors have already lined up ahead of the next transfer windows, with Real Madrid leading the race.
Paulo Dybala had one of his best performances of the season against Udinese, scoring his first goal since mid-September. He missed a few games with a knee injury and needed time round into shape afterward. His camp and Roma have been in talks to extend his contract, but there’s no agreement yet.
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.
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."
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.