Serie A News and Notes: Gianluigi Buffon Set to Return, Diego Milito Staying Put

Danny PenzaSenior Writer IDecember 31, 2008

Thank goodness that January and the winter transfer window is approaching or else Serie A's winter break would be a pretty boring time.

There has been plenty of news, however, going on in Italy's top flight.

Two big stories as the calender turns to 2009.

First we head to Turin where Juventus have maybe benefited the most from almost a month-long break in action. Considering Inter Milan's closest competitors have seeming had half their squad injured at times this season, the time away from the pitch have allowed almost all the injuries to heal.

The biggest returner is goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. The Italy No. 1 has returned to training and has set Juve's January 11 return to Serie A action as his target date to man the goal once again for the Bianconeri.

Other training room regulars David Trezeguet, Cristian Poulsen, Pavel Nedved, and Vincenzo Iaquinta have all also retured to training. Midfielders Muaro Camoranesi, who is currently on holiday in Argentina and is battling a shoulder injury, and Tiago, who is in Portugal and has battled injuries in the first half of the season, will return when the team reconvenes in Vinovo January 3.

Other big news from Serie A involve a transfer that won't be happening any time soon.

Genoa striker Diego Milito, who is tied for the league's scoring lead with 12 goals, has been rumored to be on the move when January comes around. Real Madrid and Juventus had been rumored destinations for the 29-year-old Argentine, but Genoa Coach Gian Piero Gasperini has shot down any rumors of his striker leaving.

"Milito is not for sale," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "It is not even possible to imagine a situation in which we could sell him, at least not in January."

However, Gasperini is also in the news for some not so kind words.

Speaking about the ongoing debate whether Juventus striker Amauri should choose to play for Brazil or Italy, Gasperini expressed his views on the situation, despite one of his own players, midfielder Thiago Motta, being in the same kind of situation as Amauri.

"I am not convinced by these citzenship processes, but Motta is certainly more Italian than Amauri and Camoranesi," the Genoa tactician said. "On the field he has already proved that he has what it takes to play international football."

It may seem that Juve are involved in all the news, but that's what happens when you're the most storied club in Italy.

Two transfer nuggets. One that might happen and one that doesn't seem likely.

The agent of Udinese midfielder Gaetano D'Agostino has told that Juve are the only one of Italy's Big Four to be after the 26-year-old and that a June move to Turin is "very probable."

While D'Agostino seems to be leaning towards The Old Lady, Sporting midfielder Miguel Veloso, who has also been linked to AC Milan and Fiorentina, doesn't appear to be arriving in Turin. Juve Sporting Director Alessio Secco seeming denied rumors of the Portuguese international signing with the club minutes after they hit the press.

"Veloso does not interest us," Secco told "We are looking at signing some talented midfielders in the future, however Veloso is not on our agenda."

Serie A leaders Inter haven't been in the news as Juventus, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything going on with Jose Mourinho's squad.

Reports coming out of Italy suggest that Real Madrid have made a big for Brazilian winger Amato Mancini, who has failed to impress after a €15 million move from AS Roma in the summer.

And there's the whole Adriano saga.

Will he stay or will he go? That's the question going on in Milan at the moment.

While the bulky Brazilian hasn't wowed anybody this term, it seems as though at the moment the Inter management is showing faith in the striker.

However, things change daily, so the situation might be totally different in 24 hours.


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