It wasn't the most exciting January transfer window in Serie A history, but there was some interesting movement by Inter Milan.
As I write this article, Inter Milan are in fifth position in the table after 22 matches and are nine points off the lead.
Whilst any signings would find it difficult to make up that ground on league leaders Juventus—who also have a game in hand I might add—Inter Milan may have given themselves a chance of at least getting back up the top of the table.
Here we'll take a look at some reasons why Inter may still be able to impact on the Scudetto yet.
Brazilian defender Juan Jesus is more commonly referred to as Juan.
Juan lists Lucio as one of his idols and if he can perform anything close to the latter's ability, then Inter Milan will be extremely happy.
There's nothing worse for a manager than having a player who doesn't want to be at the club.
Unfortunately for Claudio Ranieri, that was a situation he faced when Thiago Motta declared his desire to leave.
Ranieri did state on deadline day that he expected Motta to stay until the end of the season, but that comment proved to be unfounded as Motta left for Paris St Germain.
The deal is definitely the right decision for Inter Milan, though, and they recouped a reasonable fee for the sale by bagging approximately £10 million.
Squad harmony goes a long way in being successful.
Every team needs someone to do the hard work and graft on the pitch and Palombo could be that guy for Inter.
Palombo can help spearhead the fight that Inter need in order to stand a chance of catching the teams above them.
The decision to replace Thiago Motta with Freddy Guarin—essentially—raised a few eyebrows.
Guarin certainly has great ability, but has become somewhat injury prone over the last few years.
In fact, in his three-and-a-half-years at Porto, Guarin only managed over 20 league matches once.
Whilst that is grounds for concern, Guarin's ability when fit isn't.
If he stays fit, he just might.
Sulley Muntari was loaned out to fierce rivals AC Milan, but that's probably the best move Ranieri could have made after the player submitted a transfer request.
Muntari has a reputation for being a bit of a handful to deal with when things aren't going his way.
Passing him on to AC Milan gives the Inter Milan boss one less headache and allows him to concentrate fully on getting Inter back up the table.
Novara and Bologna are situated towards the bottom of the table and should provide a good hangover cure for Februarys poor start.
If the first two games for the new players were tough going, they should find the next two a little easier to handle.
Inter Milan have shipped eight goals in their last two games, but if they can get their defensive duties sorted out, they might not be doing so badly.
Both Juan and Palombo operate defensively minded—and they will need to.
Inter have the 14th best defensive record in the league currently. Out of 20 teams, that's not impressive.
Whilst Inter Milan's transfer moves weren't at the top end of the payscale, the teams above them didn't do much business either.
Marco Borriello to Juventus and Maxi Lopez to AC Milan were perhaps their rivals biggest moves, and Inter could argue Guarin is just as big a signing if he can stay fit.
Inter Milan's results against the big teams of late have been impressive.
Their recent shock results obviously suggest there is alot of room for improvement yet, but the new boys will be keen and ready to try and turn that around.
It wouldn't matter if Inter Milan had signed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in January, they're still going to find it difficult to make up the ground on Juventus.
However, their latest signings do have the capabilities to put the club back up at the top end of the table and that's all that Inter fans will be concerned with for now.
Champions League revenue plays a major part in a clubs success, so Claudio Ranieri will be fearing for his job if his latest acquisitions don't do themselves justice.
As always, only time will tell.
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