The 2024 January transfer window proved to be a rather fruitful one for Serie A clubs. The clubs in the Italian top flight came close to matching how much Premier League clubs spent in January, bolstering their squads through temporary and permanent deals.
From Carlos Alcaraz joining Juventus and Leander Dendoncker joining Napoli from Aston Villa, some big moves did take place, as the Partenopei signed as many as four players in a single month to address their issues. The Milan clubs signed one player each, with Roma and Fiorentina making some moves to improve their charge in Europe.
With that in mind, we look at five of the best transfers that were done in Serie A this January.
Filippo Terracciano (Verona to Milan)
Stefano Pioli’s stint at Milan has seen the club struggle with injuries constantly and that has been the case this season. This has forced the Italian to play players out of position, change formations and simply make do with things. And it isn’t even new anymore.
Considering how often that happens, a versatile players is vital. That is exactly what Filippo Terracciano provides. He can play at wing-back, wide midfield and in central midfield, offering a range of options while being a hardworking, young footballer. Be it under Pioli or any other manager, those qualities and versatility will be important for the Rossoneri.
Andrea Belotti (Roma to Fiorentina)
Fiorentina’s move for M’Bala Nzola hasn’t shown any signs of working out. Another summer signing in Lucas Beltran has done well but he has only four goals to show for his efforts and while it will improve, signing a new striker was important for Vincenzo Italiano’s side.
Andrea Belotti offers a wealth of experience and while he could not score much at Roma, he was always the back-up to either Tammy Abraham or Romelu Lukaku. The move allows him to play regularly and prove that he can operate at a high level and Fiorentina need someone who wants to prove that. And with a push in Europe upcoming, depth in the striker’s department will be paramount.
Isak Hien (Verona to Atalanta)
Isak Hien’s move to Atalanta has gone rather unnoticed in recent weeks, with the player having already played twice for the club. A centre-back was much needed for La Dea, with Berat Djimsiti and Rafael Toloi not getting any younger and with Giorgio Scalvini being linked with moves away from the club.
Hien was a target in the summer and a move didn’t go through. But the Swede would provide much needed cover at the back, while also having the ability to play regularly. The 24-year-old can play across the centre-back positions and that will come in handy for Atalanta. More than that, Hien possesses the athletic ability to play in a higher line and also has the skillset to carry the ball, which will appeal to La Dea.
Hamed Junior Traore (Bournemouth to Napoli)
It is fair to say that Hamed Traore sparkled in Serie A at Sassuolo and his switch to Bournemouth caught attention. While things haven’t worked out due to issues unrelated to the on-pitch performances, the initial loan switch to Napoli is fairly promising. It almost feels as if Traore was destined for a move like that.
With Piotr Zielinski leaving and Eljif Elmas having departed for RB Leipzig, it is easy to see where the Ivorian fits in. The attacking midfield spot could well be free next season for Napoli and the loan stint could help him settle in, before he unleashes and realises his potentially fully next season.
Tommaso Baldanzi (Empoli to Roma)
If there was a transfer of the month award for the January transfer window, it would go to Roma for signing Tommaso Baldanzi. Probably the biggest talent in Serie A right now, Baldanzi has sparkled for Empoli and for the Italian Under-20s side, showing glimpses of being a capable playmaker who can pull off something out of nothing.
The move to Roma is an upgrade, of course. But Paulo Dybala’s injuries and his uncertain future means that Roma already have a replacement in hand. Baldanzi has already been compared with La Joya for his style of play and it is only fitting that he joins the club that the Argentine is at. It is an exciting move, especially considering how quickly it was done.
Kaustubh Pandey | GIFN