The winter transfer window closes on January 31 and the period gives clubs a chance to make additions to their squads or offload players that are failing to perform on a consistent basis.
In addition to my feature on players that clubs should target, I have compiled a list of players that need to leave their Serie A clubs. There are a few benchwarmers that have left their clubs and have moved to teams in which they are likely to gain more playing time but more players should make such decisions as well.
Some clubs include just one particular player and others include two or more. There are players who are well-known to Italian football fans but there are also some unknowns that included and they are either youngsters looking for a breakthrough or veterans that need a change of atmosphere.
La Dea have already sold Jasmin Kurtic to SPAL but there is another player that should leave them and that is promising right-winger Riccardo Orsolini.
He was leading goalscorer at the 2017 U-20 World Cup with Italy but he has struggled to find playing time since joining on loan from Juventus and he has been linked with a move to Bologna.
Although he was a hero for Benevento in the 2016/17 Serie B play-offs by scoring the goals to secure the club’s promotion to Serie A, he has scored just one goal in 11 league games so far this season. The Romanian starlet has been linked with Serie B club Palermo but talk of him moving to the Rosanero has dwindled.
He has failed to break into the first XI since joining the club in 2015 and he has played his best football in two loan spells at Crotone. Earlier in the January transfer window he was linked with a move back to the Pitagorici but Sampdoria and Hellas Verona are other targets.
Centre-back Marco Capuano has already left for Crotone and another defender that should leave is former Dutch international Gregory van der Wiel. He has only played six times for the Isolani in all competitions and he has been linked with Ligue 1 club Nice.
The former Cesena winger does not suit Rolando Maran’s 4-3-1-2 system and he should move to a squad which uses the 3-5-2 formation so he could play as a box-to-box midfielder or a team that uses wingers.
Meggiorini has been a fine striker for Chievo but he has had injury issues this season, which have limited him to eight Serie A matches so far. The 32-year-old is linked with Serie B club Foggia and a move might turn things around for him as well as provide the Satanelli with more experience in attack.
With Federico Ricci returning for another spell at Crotone from Genoa and Ahmad Benali arriving from Pescara, playing time will become more limited for one of last season’s heroes. Injuries have not helped either but the latest reinforcements will make it harder for him to break into the first 11 again.
Lo Faso should glimpses of potential at Palermo and that persuaded Fiorentina to acquire him but he rarely features for Fiorentina so perhaps dropping down to Serie B to get regular playing time should help him.
Saponara was a star at Empoli but he has not been able to produce that kind of form with the Gigliati and injuries have not helped. Coach Stefano Pioli’s choices in formation do not suit the 26-year-old so he would be better off moving to a team which uses a trequartista.
Babacar has been at Fiorentina for about a decade but he has not established himself as a regular starter in attack and perhaps he should consider leaving the club for good if he wants to be more than a benchwarmer. EPL club Crystal Palace is interested in acquiring him.
The former Lazio defender has only played four times in Serie A this season and there are reports suggesting that he will probably leave before the end of January. A move back to his native Argentina is likely and Rosario Central was one of the clubs interested back in the summer but there has not been much talk about that move since.
Despite being a fundamental part of the Verona’s promotion campaign in 2016/17, Pazzini is regularly used as a substitute by Fabio Pecchia and the Gialloblu coach prefers Moise Kean over “Pazzo”. The 33-year-old has been linked with city rivals Chievo and he could provide the Flying Donkeys with much-needed goals.
Valoti has been with Hellas Verona since 2014 but he has never been a regular starter or played in a system that suits his characteristics. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder should contemplate switching to a team that uses a trequartista.
Since arriving from Sampdoria in the winter of 2016, he has been a utility player for Inter and he has often appeared as a substitute. The workhorse forward has been linked with a return to the Blucerchiati but recently he has become a reported target for EPL club Crystal Palace.
Sturaro has been at Juventus since the winter of 2015 but he has only made sporadic appearances for the Bianconeri. He works hard and can get into scoring positions but he wastes his opportunities.
Coach Massimiliano Allegri needs players that can step in straight away so Sturaro should contemplate moving to another club and another tactician should force the former Genoa midfielder into working on his shots.
He impressed at a loan spell with Avellino in Serie B but he has not been able to establish a spot in Simone Inzaghi’s first 11 and the current formation probably does not suit the winger. Crecco has been linked with Benevento but speculation has died down.
Djordjevic is still on the Lazio books but he will leave on a free transfer at the end of June. Hellas Verona was a rumoured target but a move is unlikely after the Gialloblu signed Ryder Matos and Bruno Petkovic from Udinese and Bologna respectively.
Oikonomidis has spent about six years in Europe, predominantly in Italy, but the Greek-Australian has not made the major breakthrough in Serie A. He must find a club in which he can play regularly so he can be an outside chance for the Socceroos squad at the World Cup.
Locatelli has the potential to be a midfield general for AC Milan in the future but he is a target for Genoa and he could benefit from a loan spell at the Rossoblu like his teammate Suso did in the second half of the 2015/16 season.
Gomez is close to a move to Boca Juniors but both clubs are yet to struck a deal because the Xeneizes do not seem willing to match the transfer fee the Rossoneri are demanding for him.
Antonelli was linked with Fiorentina in the summer and he could make the move in January due to playing second fiddle to Ricardo Rodriguez.
Since he moved to Napoli in the summer of 2016, Giaccherini has not played often for the Partenopei. The workhorse winger does not suit the possession-based style of Maurizio Sarri and a deal with Chievo is close to being completed.
Now that Alessandro Florenzi is fully fit, the former Torino right-back has found playing time limited and he has just made 10 Serie A appearances in 2017/18 but Benfica and Galatasaray are reportedly keen to sign the 27-year-old Brazilian. Leaving Roma might be ideal as he lacks the tactical discipline to operate as a full-back in Italy.
The former Inter and Roma wing-back does not suit the four-man defence implemented by Doriani coach Marco Giampaolo and he has been linked to Cagliari, which uses the 3-5-2 formation under new coach Diego Lopez.
Capezzi is a central midfielder that has failed to establish himself in Serie A with both Crotone and Sampdoria. He did star for the Squali in Serie B and he should probably consider gaining more experience in the Cadetti.
Adjapong has demonstrated flashes of potential but he has often been a player that comes off the bench. The 19-year-old can play as a right-back as well as a winger but he needs to find regular playing time to unleash more of his abilites.
Sensi was a promising midfielder when he played at Cesena but he has not been able to cope with the leap from Serie B to Serie A. Currently he looks like another Italian youngster that perhaps made the move to Italy’s top flight too soon and probably should rediscover his form elsewhere.
The former Inter youth team striker is on loan from Sampdoria but he has only played eight times for SPAL since joining in the summer and the Biancazzurri cannot sell Marco Borriello. Bonazzoli has moved around a few times already in his young career but he needs to switch to a club in which he can play regularly or he would be better off returning to Samp and fight for a spot there.
After an impressive 2014/15 season with Empoli, Valdifiori has not made the same impact with Napoli and now with Torino. Apparently he does not want to leave the Granata but it is doubtful that he can return to that form unless new coach Walter Mazzarri can perform miracles on him.
SPAL and Crotone could be ideal clubs for him to move to. Federico Viviani could leave the Biancazzurri so Valdifiori could replace him there and the Squali need an extra creator in midfield.
The Croatian striker has scored against some illustrious clubs since joining the Zebrette but he is another player that is sorely lacking in consistency. The 22-year-old is eager to fight for his spot but with the likes of Kevin Lasagna, Rodrigo De Paul, and Maxi Lopez playing more than him, Perica is now surplus to requirements.