Serie A best and worst transfers in January 2020 window

SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv have enjoyed a fantastic 2019-20 Serie A season to date. During this period of reduced football activity, here are the best and worst transfers in Serie A during the January transfer window.

Best signings

Fabio Borini – Milan to Hellas Verona

epa08204150 Verona's Fabio Borini jubilates after scoring the goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match Hellas Verona FC vs Juventus FC at the Marcantonio Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 08 February 2020. EPA/FILIPPO VENEZIA

The Italy international has managed to revive his career after moving to Verona from fellow Italian club Milan, having hit the back of the net twice in three starts in Serie A. Borini will look to help the Gialloblu have a strong end to the campaign.

"It's a real shame. In England, when it comes to Milan, one always thinks of the winning team of [Arrigo] Sacchi and [Fabio] Capello. It is a pity to see Milan in this situation," said Roberto de Fanti, the agent of Borini, ahead of the player's transfer away from the Rossoneri.


Ashley Young – Manchester United to Internazionale

 The England international has walked straight into the Internazionale starting line-up after joining the club from English giants Manchester United, and he has registered a goal and an assist from five Serie A games.

"Experiencing this club day after day is incredible and I hope to contribute to its success," said Young of Inter. "I think about the players who have worn this shirt and the trophies that this club has won and I'd love to be part of this club's great history."

 Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Free agent to Milan

AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Torino FC at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 17 February 2020. EPA/MATTEO BAZZI

 The Swedish marksman has made an immediate impact at Milan after rejoining the Italian giants as a free agent, having left American side LA Galaxy at the end of 2019. He has netted three goals and recorded one assist in eight Serie A matches.

"When Ibra left, it was impossible to replace him. There's no other Ibra in the world," said LA Galaxy general manager Dennis Te Klose.

 Worst signings

 Carles Perez – Barcelona to Roma (loan)

epa08232653 Roma's Carles Perez (R) and Gent's Milad Mohammadi in action during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 1st leg soccer match between AS Roma and Gent at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy, 20 February 2020. EPA/MAURIZIO BRAMBATTI

The Spain international was expected to impress at the club after joining Roma on loan (with the possibility of making the move permanent) from Spanish champions FC Barcelona. However, the striker has disappointed as he has not scored in five Serie A outings.

"I am very hurt by the situation," Perez told an interview with Marca. "I dreamed of playing in the first team with Barcelona and I achieved that. But the club chose to then take that away from me."


Christian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur to Internazionale

epa08213860 Inter's Christian Eriksen in action during the Italy Cup semi-final first leg soccer match Inter FC vs SSC Napoli at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 February 2020. EPA/MATTEO BAZZI

The Danish playmaker secured a big move to the Italian giants from English side Tottenham Hotspur but he is yet to make an impact, having failed to score or register an assist in four Serie A games.

"Eriksen will become a problem for [manager Antonio] Conte," Paulo Di Canio said of the midfielder. "He is not like Diego Costa, with whom you can fight if you don't let him play. He is a guy like Hazard: he is silent, you don't see him much, he never complains, but it is difficult to have a direct and frank confrontation."


Patrick Cutrone – Wolverhampton Wanderers to Fiorentina (loan)

epa08130605 Fiorentina's Patrick Cutrone reacts during the Italian Cup round of 16 soccer match between ACF Fiorentina and Atalanta BC at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, 15 January 2020. EPA/CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI

The Italian marksman joined the club from English outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan with much expected from him, but he has failed to score in seven Serie A games. 

"Many people say I didn't settle in [at Wolves] but that's false. The truth is that the coach, Nuno Espirito Santo, had his group of faithful players who he would not give up, those who won promotion from the Championship," explained Cutrone.


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