Serie A Transfers: Wesley Sneijder and 4 Stars Who Need to Get out in January
With the January Transfer Window slowly but surely creeping ever closer, rumors and intrigues have begun to spread over the footballing world.
Serie A cannot count itself immune to transfer talk, with flying dutchman Wesley Sneijder already suggesting a move to Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson would be happy to have such a creator after watching David Silva eviscerate his side 6-1 in the Manchester Derby.
Sneijder isn't the player who could use time away from the Italy's top league. Along with the Nerazzuri man, here are four players who would be well served to seek their fortunes outside Serie A.
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Napoli's own Edison Cavani has always dreamed of bigger things than Serie A, and with the January transfer window steadily approaching, perhaps now is the time for the 24-year-old Uruguayan national to make his big-money move.
While his goal scoring has been consistent for the Partenopei in five appearances during league play, Cavani has shown his brilliance primarily in Champions League matches. The young striker scored his team's only goal in a 1-1 draw against Manchester City before bagging a hat trick in a 3-1 win over AC Milan.
Both Manchester City and Manchester United have been listed as possible destinations for the young striker, but so far the parties have yet to consummate. Even Barcelona has taken notice ever since El Matador's inspired Champion's League play.
Cavani himself admits that if such a club like Real Madrid ever requested his services, he would be hard pressed to say no.
While City's Mario Ballotelli, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Agüero are steadily reaching top form, Roberto Mancini's need for another pricey striker has somewhat diminished since the summer. Nevertheless, Cavani's star has never shone brighter, and with many top clubs looking on he would be wise to capitalize on it soon.
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24-year-old Sebastian Giovinco is another young attacker who should merit international attention. Parma's Atom Ant has been in top form as of late, scoring five goals in six league appearances.
The Crociati have grown fond of Giovinco, going so far as to purchase half his contract from Juventus after the Bianconeri loaned him to Parma in 2010. During his loan, Giovinco helped Parma defeat Juventus not once, but twice—ripping his parent squad for three goals over their two matches.
A noted midfield playmaker with a knack for free kicks, the formica atomica has drawn worldwide attention, specifically from Chelsea in England. Paired alongside either Juan Mata or Romelu Lukaku, Giovinco could create a lethal attack for the Blues.
While he is Italian, an international move for Giovinco might not be the worst thing in the world. While any team negotiating for his rights will have to do so with both Parma and Juventus, this minor roadblock might pay dividends in the future for the club who overcomes it.
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The 26-year-old Serbian midfielder has grown restless coming of the bench at Juventus, so perhaps it is time for Miloš Krasić to look elsewhere.
After six years plying his trade at CSKA Moscow, the Bianconeri picked him up in 2010, hoping to bolster their sometimes sluggish attack with a bit of pace. While Krasić scored six goals in league play his first year with the team, in 2011 he has struggled to find his place in a starting XI filled with Italian legends.
While he was not prolific at CSKA Moscow, perhaps Juventus expected more from him sooner and have since decided to start him only occasionally. If that is the case, Krasić would prefer to play somewhere else where he can be guaranteed a spot on the first team.
Two EPL giants have heard his pleas for playing time and are rumored to be interested come January. Both Chelsea and Manchester United have seemed keen to pick up the speedy winger, with the Blues going so far as to suggest parting ways with Alex to have at Krasić.
With big teams on standby and increasingly fewer chances to prove himself on the pitch for Juventus, Krasić should be on the move come the new year.
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Perhaps the winter's biggest transfer fee will be incurred by Inter's Wesley Sneijder. The Dutch international continued to prove his worth at the 2010 World Cup and an effortless qualifying for Euro 2012. During the World Cup, Sneijder was in the running for the Golden Boot, scoring five goals on the way to the Final.
His play recently for Internazionale has been less splendid, putting one of the world's best midfielders at the center of many transfer discussions last summer. Only recently did former Inter boss Gian Piero Gasperini reveal how close they were to closing a transfer deal for Sneijder with Manchester United. The Red Devils could have used a player of his proven caliber, especially after losing Paul Scholes, but the window passed without a deal.
Now with it common knowledge that Sneijder and Inter are ready to part ways, look for more teams to get into the transfer fray come January. Man U have already prepared another offer in the neighborhood of £40 million. If talks end on a more positive note this time around, look for the Dutchman to don red in 2012.