January Market BeginsBy: Neil | January 1st, 2013
Aronica is officially off to Palermo and so begins Napoli’s mercato. 30 days of frenzied and high pressure negotiations, phone calls, and decisions, all having a huge effect on the final 4-5 months of the season. It’s no secret that Napoli is looking for defenders with the departure of Aronica and the suspensions of Canna and Grava. And the suspensions are pretty definite – even if Napoli wins an appeal it will likely be a reduction in the ban rather than having it overturned. So we can count on Cannavaro being out for at least 3 months. There are also rumours that Napoli would like a new left wing back, and the name Armero keeps coming up. Another name to watch is Cagliari’s Davide Astori. The Sardinian club is in financial trouble and will have to sell a couple of their more valuable players. Look for Napoli and other clubs to pounce on the cash strapped Sardinians.