Six Of The Best And Worst Serie A January 2020 Signings

Inter Milan's supporters cheer ahead of the Italian Serie A football match Inter Milan vs AS Roma at the San Siro stadium in Milan on February 26, 2017. / AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

With football suspended for the time being due to the coronavirus pandemic, we take a look at three of the best and worst Serie A signings in the last January transfer window.

Best Signings

Fabio Borini – Milan to Hellas Verona

Verona’s Fabio Borini jubilates after scoring the goal during the Italian Serie A match Hellas Verona FC vs Juventus FC at the Marcantonio Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, 08 February 2020.

The Italy international has managed to revive his career since moving to Verona from fellow Italian club Milan and has hit the back of the net twice in three Serie A starts.

Borini will look to help the Gialloblu have a strong end to the campaign.

“It’s a real shame. In England, when it comes to Milan, one always thinks of the winning team of [Arrigo] Sacchi and [Fabio] Capello. It is a pity to see Milan in this situation,” said Roberto de Fanti, the agent of Borini, ahead of the player’s transfer away from the Rossoneri.

 Ashley Young – Manchester United to Internazionale

Inter Milan’s defender Ashley Young (R) in action during the Italian Serie A match between Inter Milan and Cagliari at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 26 January 2020.

The England international has been a fixture in the starting line-up at Internazionale after joining the club from English giants Manchester United and has registered a goal and an assist from five Serie A games.

“Experiencing this club day after day is incredible and I hope to contribute to its success,” said Young of Inter.

“I think about the players who have worn this shirt and the trophies that this club has won and I’d love to be part of this club’s great history.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Free agent to Milan

AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action during the Italian Serie A match between AC Milan and Torino FC at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 17 February 2020.

The Swedish marksman has made an immediate impact at Milan after rejoining the Italian giants as a free agent, having left American side LA Galaxy at the end of 2019.

He has netted three goals and recorded one assist in eight Serie A matches.

“When Ibra left, it was impossible to replace him. There’s no other Ibra in the world,” said LA Galaxy general manager Dennis Te Klose.

 Worst Signings 

Carles Perez – Barcelona to Roma (loan)

Roma’s Carles Perez (R) and Gent’s Milad Mohammadi in action during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 1st leg match between AS Roma and Gent at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy, 20 February 2020.

The Spain international was expected to impress at the club after joining Roma on loan (with the possibility of making the move permanent) from Spanish champions FC Barcelona.

However, the striker has disappointed as he has failed to find the net in five Serie A outings.

“I am very hurt by the situation,” Perez told Spanish publication Marca. “I dreamed of playing in the first team with Barcelona and I achieved that. But the club chose to then take that away from me.” 

Christian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur to Internazionale

Inter’s Christian Eriksen in action during the Italy Cup semi-final first leg match Inter FC vs SSC Napoli at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 February 2020.

The Danish playmaker secured a big move to the Italian giants from English side Tottenham Hotspur but he is yet to make an impact, having failed to score or register an assist in four Serie A games.

“Eriksen will become a problem for [manager Antonio] Conte,” Paulo Di Canio said of the midfielder. “He is not like Diego Costa, with whom you can fight if you don’t let him play. He is a guy like Hazard: he is silent, you don’t see him much, he never complains, but it is difficult to have a direct and frank confrontation.”

Patrick Cutrone – Wolverhampton Wanderers to Fiorentina (loan)

Fiorentina’s Patrick Cutrone reacts during the Italian Cup round of 16 match between ACF Fiorentina and Atalanta BC at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, 15 January 2020.

The Italian marksman joined the club from English outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan with much expected of him, but he has failed to score in seven Serie A games. 

“Many people say I didn’t settle in [at Wolves] but that’s false. The truth is that the coach, Nuno Espirito Santo, had his group of faithful players who he would not give up, those who won promotion from the Championship,” explained Cutrone.

It remains to be seen to what circumstance he would blame his current underperformance.