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Saturday January 5 2013
Transfer Market XI

Some are born to move, some achieve moves while others have moves thrust upon them. Dave Taylor selects his best XI that could be playing elsewhere at the end of January.

Some are born to move, some achieve moves while others have moves thrust upon them. Dave Taylor selects his best XI that could be playing elsewhere at the end of January.  

Maarten Stekelenburg [Roma]

After losing his first team place to Mauro Goicoechea, the Dutch international knows he has to be in a first XI with the World Cup coming up. The 30-year-old who joined Roma from Ajax in 2011 needs to think about his position and reports suggest that he is being targeted by his former boss at Ajax, Fulham Coach Martin Jol. Commanding.

Francesco Acerbi [Milan]

The central defender played superbly for Chievo last season and although he was called up for the Azzurri squad he was never picked and it’s the same at San Siro. With Philippe Mexes, Cristian Zapata and Mario Yepes in front of him, if he wants regular first team football then he needs to look elsewhere. Despite recent reports suggesting Milan want him to stay, after featuring in just five games, perhaps a loan move would suit all. Assertive.  

Matias Silvestre [Inter]

The on-loan Palermo defender cannot establish himself with Inter and has been linked with a move away after his failure to step into Lucio’s boots. Last season he played 28 games for the Sicilians while scoring five and should have a good future somewhere, but not it seems at San Siro. He has been linked with Genoa and Napoli recently. Impressive.

Luciano Zauri [Lazio]

With his contract running out this summer after 10 years with the Biancocelesti, it seems the 34-year-old’s days are numbered in Rome. With Mobido Diakite back in favour plus the form of Andre Dias, Michael Ciani and Giuseppe Biava, he has been linked with a return to Chievo this month. With almost 300 Serie A games behind him and an ability to play anywhere in defence, the tough-tackling Italian would be a great little buy for a team looking for real experience.

Versatile.

Jonathan [Inter]

The Brazilian was originally seen as the player to fill Douglas Maicon’s boots, but that hope never really materialised. During the last transfer window he moved to Parma and shone on a six-month loan, becoming established as their regular right wing-back. Yet since his return to San Siro over the summer he has once again struggled and could return to the Stadio Tardini before the end of the month. Adaptable.

Omar El Kaddouri [Napoli]

The Belgian midfielder has played just 17 minutes in two Serie A games so far this season, which is hardly enough for him to show his true quality. At just 22, the former Brescia ace needs to breathe new air if he is ever to fulfil his obvious potential. With Chievo seemingly interested in a loan deal, it could be a move which would satisfy everyone. Skilful.

Wesley Sneijder [Inter]

With his conflict over wages and his inability to force his way back into the team despite returning from injury, it seems the Dutchman’s future is elsewhere. But where could that be? He was once heavily linked with Manchester United, but that is no longer viable. His £200,000 wage demands also rule out interested clubs like Tottenham and Nerazzurri’s neighbours Milan. Possibly the only club who would pay is Anzhi, where he would link up with his free-scoring partner from the successful Inter days under Jose Mourinho, Samuel Eto’o, along with fellow countryman Coach Guus Hiddink. Stupendous.

Simone Padoin [Juventus]

Joined Juve from Atalanta last January but has found it difficult breaking into their star-studded midfield. At 28 he can still offer some team a lot of quality but not Juventus, at least not for now. Reports suggest he could go back to Atalanta on loan to gain some playing time. Fiorentina have also shown interest. Threatening.

Djamel Mesbah [Milan]

The Algerian international who joined Milan from Lecce in last January’s transfer window has

failed to impress Coach Massimiliano Allegri and a swap deal for Genoa’s Luca Antonelli has been mooted. It could be a move that works for both parties, but the pacey 28-year-old wing-back, who has a contract until June 2016, has also been linked with Torino and Palermo more recently. Flexible.

Mauro Zarate [Lazio]

Left out of a game over a “technical decision” is polite for not being wanted anymore. Following the arrival of Miroslav Klose, who is now number one striker, the 25-year-old Argentinean remains frozen out of the team. He has yet to play a full game this campaign but on his day he can be stunning and subsequently has been linked with a number of clubs including Fenerbahce and Genoa. Dynamic.

Manolo Gabbiadini [Bologna]

The young striker is struggling for action this season with Bologna and his lack of games is worrying his co-owners Juventus and Atalanta. The 20-year-old is way down the line for one of the striking positions and it’s reported that he will be returning to the Orobici in January for some playing time. Energetic. 

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Have your say...
Acerbi assertive? Have you been following his performances for milan? Vs Siena he was awful on the few crosses and last night he was the main culprit for a superb milan losing against juve! Poor control and rash tackle for the giovinco free kick and never comfortable! His lack of pace is frightening!as for zarate! I wish milan would take a chance on him! Mauro needs to be appreciated! He has all the attributed to be a top player! Perfect pato replacement
on the 10th January, 2013 at 6:24am
long ting
on the 7th January, 2013 at 1:24pm
Zauri, a versatile, good buy?

Shows the standard of Football-Italia blogs..

Hes a complete liability, past it years ago, and is a full back so doesnt play anywhere in defence as you suggest.
on the 6th January, 2013 at 4:08pm
Gabbiadini has been playing plenty recently and scored against Napoli before the break.

Padoin will not be going anywhere. A Conte favourite, played well when called upon, does not complain when on the bench and plays a number of roles.
on the 6th January, 2013 at 3:57pm
If Acerbi were to move on it would be a disgrace. He has not been given sufficient playing time. I really wish Allegri would make up his mind about our centre back pairing. Why Yepes is playing is beyond me. Interesting watching Darmian playing for Torino yesterday. Who knows if Milan had shown a little faith in their youth team we could've had Astori and Darmian at the back. We may never know whether or not they could've played at this level because they were never given a chance.
on the 6th January, 2013 at 12:26pm
Acerbi wont move anywhere in January - Yepes is only there until the summer, and with the injuries milan are going through now at half back, he is bound to get his chances. If he does well the next few weeks, he might be able to shove Yepes out for good. I truly hope he will, but either way Milan should be shopping for a top class defender this summer. Bonera, Mexes, Yepes - all sub-standard, while Acerbi and Zapata are promising, but not up to the level as of yet.

Mesbah on the other hand.
on the 5th January, 2013 at 11:21pm
Zauri isn't competing with our central defenders for a place in the team since he is a fullback. He is also pretty much finished, his last good game was like three years ago.
on the 5th January, 2013 at 11:14pm
......Regardless of Padoin, Juve NEED TO BUY Lorente! this is a must as he's an out 'n' out' goal scorer! SOMETHING WE SERIOUSLY LACK! Even though it hasnt shown yet but will most likely show its ugly head in the important stages of the season, ESPECIALLY the Champion's League!
on the 5th January, 2013 at 10:26pm
We have a lot of games ahead conte should and I think will keep hold of padoin until summer
on the 5th January, 2013 at 9:01pm
The words included after the player blurb are a laugh riot and need to be sorted out so they can be taken seriously. Most don't explain the player very well, either in previous form or current form.
on the 5th January, 2013 at 8:57pm
Was Stekelenburg picked because no other goalie is expected to move in January? He has made mistake after mistake at Roma. I am not a fan of Zeman but I have to agree with not playing Stekelenburg.
on the 5th January, 2013 at 8:24pm

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