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.
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.