World Football: Transfer Deals with the Biggest Championship Implications
Transfer deals can have quite a significant impact on the fortunes of a team if everything goes as planned.
In some cases, that impact may even be an increase or decrease in the team's league title chances.
This past January did not provide us with any real jaw-dropping moves both financially or in the player department. Still, there have been a significant number of deals that have championship implications.
A player's move could affect both teams or just one, but it is a very good possibility that the move will affect someone.
Here are some of the deals with the biggest Championship implications.
Marco Borriello: Roma to Juventus
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Juventus has a decent hold on the league right now but that is mainly thanks to its defense.
There are five teams that have scored more goals than Juventus and one that is equal in that amount at 33. You do have to take into account that they have played one less game to date.
Alessandro Matri has been the team's only in-form striker and a good number of the team's goals have come from the midfield. The likes of Amauri and Vincenzo Iaquinta have departed due to their lack of performance. That's where Marco Borriello steps in.
Juventus will hope that Borriello can do what the others forward couldn't. He should be able to push Matri for a starting spot or provide a capable and productive partner up top. Borriello has a solid track record of scoring in Italy and if he keeps it up he can help Juventus fight off Milan's challenge.
Moussa Sow: Lille to Fenerbache
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This one is a bit of confusing from the French team's perspective. Lille is 10 points behind league leaders PSG with a game in hand. They let go one of their top players and someone who had contributed to six goals and three assists in the league.
They also let go of a player who did not want to leave. Lille will rue that loss in productivity as the title race continues, but what is Lille's loss is Fenerbache's gain.
Fenerbache sits three points behind Galatasary in the Turkish league. The club improved its attack with a player that comes in as a sort of belated replacement for his departed Senegalese compatriot, Mamadou Niang.
With players like Alex and Emre Belozoglu pulling the strings, Moussa Sow could get the chances to fire Fenerbache to the league title.
Thiago Motta: Inter to PSG
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Thiago Motta was an important player for Inter and though his departure was accounted for with some arrivals, it remains to be seen just how much of an impact they will have.
Motta now carries his experience to a PSG squad that needs it. He will be able to help Javier Pastore in the midfield and lead the team to a Ligue 1 title.
Fredy Guarin: Porto to Inter
Fredy Guarin was falling out of favour this season after a solid year under Andre Villas-Boas. He now gets his chance to show what he is made of in Italy.
Guarin will provide a bit more youth to the Inter midfield and could be the box-to-box type player that sparks the team back into life on a full-time basis.
Lucho Gonzalez: Marseille to Porto
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Porto replaced Fredy Guarin with a player that made his name at the club. The club will be hoping that Lucho Gonzalez will return to his old form in a familiar setting and lead them to a title.
The Argentinian playmaker will team up with Joao Moutinho to provide a creative spark for his side. Gonzalez has actually already made an impact, along with another new signing who could help Porto in the league.
Marc Janko: FC Twente to Porto
Marc Janko's transfer will definitely help Porto but may not affect FC Twente as much.
Janko had seven goals in 15 games for FC Twente, but the team has Luuk de Jong and could look for Ola John to increase upon his six league goals. Twente currently sits three points behind first-place PSV and they have a game in hand.
Porto could use his goals though. The team is five points behind first-place Benfica and though they are not necessarily lacking in the goals department, they could use the extra firepower.
With Lucho Gonzalez and Joao Moutinho pulling the strings, Janko will be given plenty of chances to put the ball in the net.
David Pizzaro: Roma to Manchester City
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David Pizzaro will provide experience and some solid playmaking abilities for Manchester City. Roberto Mancini knows Pizzaro from their time together at Inter Milan and will use the player to the best of his abilities.
Pizzaro may not be a key player or a consistent starter, but his influence off the bench could be instrumental for the club.
The on-loan Roma player could come off the bench to provide that creative spark when needed and, if all goes well, Pizzaro could be an effective and influential player in Manchester City's battle for the title.
Maxi Lopez: Catania to AC Milan
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Antonio Cassano has been out with a health problem for some time and while it is likely that he may return at some point in the season, it is not a given.
Maxi Lopez gives AC Milan another option in attack, albeit a different option from Cassano. During his first nine Serie A games, Cassano had two goals and seven assists.
Lopez is more of a scorer, though his form hasn't been the greatest this season. He had four goals and one assist in 15 games with Catania.
Alexandre Pato is prone to the occasional injury and Robinho can be hit-or-miss, so if Zlatan Ibrahimovic falters, Milan needs someone to pick up the baton. They missed out on their first choice in Carlos Tevez, but will hope that Maxi Lopez can do the job.