Honda has joined Milan. (©GettyImages)
Honda has joined Milan. (©GettyImages).

Serie A: 10 January moves you should know about

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Here are 10 recent transfers affecting Serie A clubs that you should be aware of....

Hernanes - Lazio to Inter

Inter have signed an experienced midfielder in Serie A and one who will be a big part of Brazil’s plans this summer. An excellent signing from the Milan club and one that should boost morale.

Pablo Osvaldo - Southampton to Juventus (loan)

The Italian international returns home after a somewhat unsuccessful stint at Southampton. The Saints are overachieving already this season sitting comfortably mid-table and Osvaldo has found it difficult to make an impact on the high-flying Premier League side.

I can’t see Osvaldo making an impact on an already extremely deep attack in Turin what with Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente, etc. and certainly not enough to earn a spot in the Italy squad for the World Cup.

Adel Taarabt - QPR to AC Milan (loan)

One of the most underrated talents in the Premier League has earned his dream to play for a top club. A great signing by the Milan giants, Taraabt brings both incredible dribbling and goalscoring ability and is another impressive addition to the already fearsome attack of Kaka, Mario Balotelli, Robinho, and Keisuke Honda.

An added bonus is that Taraabt is not cup tied and can immediately slide into new manager Seedorf’s plans for the Champions League.

Helder Postiga - Valencia to Lazio (loan)

After already being forced to loan out Andres Guardado and Dorlan Pabon because of financial issues, Valencia have lost Portugal international striker Helder Postiga to Lazio.

Postiga is a proven goal scorer with 27 goals for his country and should help Lazio make a push for the top three in Italy.

Michael Essien - Chelsea to AC Milan

The experienced and well travelled midfielder just doesn’t have enough left in his tank to help Chelsea make the push for the Premier League title, but AC Milan get a great player who will make an impact on a smaller scale.

Essien will most likely will not be thrown into the starting lineup and definitely won’t be playing every week, but when called upon he will be an excellent midfield enforcer.

Michel Bastos - Al Ain to Roma (loan)

What a bargain for Roma. Bastos was one of the most desirable players in Europe just a few years ago when he was on the out at Lyon in France. But after disappearing to the Middle East, the Brazilian has been loaned back to Italian title contenders Roma and will add both to the capital city side’s attack and defense.

Anderson - Manchester United to Fiorentina (loan)

United fans finally get their wish in seeing the disappointing Brazilian leave for Fiorentina. Another player who just never really lived up to the hype, hopefully he will get a chance to shine in Florence.

Alessandro Matri - AC Milan to Fiorentina (loan)

Matri is a player who has been all over Italy, but it seems he has finally settled in Florence, scoring twice on his debut. He will be looking to make a case for a spot on the plane to Brazil this summer for Italy and could help Fiorentina make a push for the Champions League this season.

Keisuke Honda - CSKA Moscow to AC Milan

The Japanese star has finally seen his deal to Italy done and now wears the historic number 10 jersey for the Milan side. New manager Clarence Seedorf has put together a fearsome attack now with Honda, Kaka, Robinho and Balotelli and will be looking to turn their unfortunate start to the Serie A season around.

Adil Rami - Valencia to AC Milan

Adil Rami is an experienced, and talented French international defender who can provide some much needed support for the Milan backline. Another loss for the financially troubled Spanish giants, but this is a fantastic signing for the Italian giants, as he scored just this weekend.

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