January is the month when football teams return to the transfer market with a specific aim to reinforce the weaknesses of their teams. Even though the teams leading the league table may dominate the headlines, clubs fighting for their survival also work tirelessly behind the scenes searching for the right deals. La Gazzetta della Sport highlights the objectives of Cagliari, Empoli, Frosinone, Lecce, Sassuolo, and Verona in their recent report titled ‘Business Hits.’
Nigerian forward Okereke is reportedly on the verge of a move to Frosinone. As per La Gazzetta della Sport, “the Nigerian striker is virtually separated from his club Cremonese, and Di Francesco urgently needs reinforcements upfront.”
Adam Masina could be on his way to Sassuolo as “the wing-back doesn’t play much with Cioffi and aims for a change. Sassuolo (and Frosinone) need a man on the left side”.
Cagliari is believed to be in talks with Daniele Verde. The news source reports that “Ranieri needs a speedster due to injuries to Shomurodov, Lapadula and Luvumbo’s unavailability due to Africa Cup of Nations duty.”
In a potentially welcomed return, Polish midfielder Zurkowski could be heading back to Tuscany playing for Empoli. The announcement may come as early as today.
Talented Kateseris of Catanzaro is almost everyone’s favourite. Monza appeared as the frontrunners for his signature, but Cagliari have also shown interest, along with Sassuolo.
Lecce has its sights set on Lagerbielke. The club’s sporting director, Corvino, has identified the central defender he needs, and “the Swede could arrive in an Umtiti-style operation”.
Finally, Verona could be announcing the signing of Swedish defender, Kurtulus, as a successor to Hien. The negotiation is said to be at an advanced stage.