It's January and as fans of football, we all know what that means. The transfer window is now open. This is both a good and bad time for fans. It's a good time for fans because potential players from teams get traded to the fan's favorite team. It's a bad time, however, because last transfer window, Robin Van Persie was sold from Arsenal to Manchester United disappointing Arsenal fans but both pleased and confused Manchester United fans due to the number of strikers on the Manchester team.
Another example was the Paris-Saint Germain deal for Milan stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva. This disappointed fans from Milan because Ibrahimovic is tall and knows how to use his long legs and Thiago Silva is a great defender. Milan fans saw their former star in the friendly match of Sweden against England. They saw the Swede do what they only imagined what Ibrahomivic would do: a 30 yard bicycle kick making it his 4th goal in that game alone.
The Blues had bought Newcastle United striker Demba Ba for a reported bid of £7m (Daily Mail). Demba Ba is on the brink of joining Chelsea from Newcastle. The Senegal striker, left out of the Newcastle squad for the game against Everton ahead of his reported £7million switch, underwent a medical on Wednesday. Ba could be handed an instant and important role in the weekend FA Cup against Southampton. Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez said after the club's 2013 disappointing beginning 1-0 defeat at home to QPR: "Fernando Torres is one of the players we need to rest, he has been playing too many games. I don't have any official information about the situation. Officially, he (Ba) is not our player. The club is working on it and we can talk about him when it's official."
The Reds have completed the signing of Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea for a fee believed to be in the region of £12m. The 23-year-old becomes the fourth signing of the Brendan Rodgers era, and could make his debut for the club in the Reds’ FA Cup tie against Mansfield on Sunday. Rodgers had made the England forward one of top targets over the summer and will be delighted to have finally signed his man.
"Brendan Rodgers said he sees me here for a long time - and I also see myself here for a long time. I've not signed here to play for a couple of years and then move on," Sturridge told Liverpool's official website. "I've signed to be here for as long as possible. It's a humongous club - for me, one of the biggest in the world - and to have the fans and world-class players we have here is amazing."
Sturridge had made just one league start for Chelsea this season, and is delighted to have moved to a club as steeped in history as Liverpool.“I am humbled and happy to be here,” he said.
Napoli forward Edinson Cavani says he is enduring the 'worst' spell since his arrival at the Serie A club. Their chances of challenging for the title have been dealt big blows recently with losses to Inter Milan and Bologna. But Cavani, 25, is hoping his side can get back on track by claiming victory at Siena on Saturday.
"It's the worst moment during my time in Napoli. We want to win the last 2012 match in order to have a happy Christmas, for us, our fans and for (Gianluca) Grava and (Paolo) Cannavaro," he said.
Walter Mazzarri's men were dealt further blows in their quest for the title after becoming the latest Italian team to be punished in the country's match-fixing scandal.
The club have been hit with a two-point deduction, as well as having Cannavaro and Grava banned for six months for failing to report the incident.
"It's a difficult moment, but I'm certain that the team will get back on the right path," Mazzarri said.
Napoli have had a poor run in December, losing all four games in all competitions, the latest being a defeat at home to Bologna.
Despite the deduction which saw them drop from third to fifth, Mazzarri is proud of what his players have achieved so far this season.
"Despite the points penalty, we have more points now than at the same stage last season," he said.
Borussia Dortmund is interested in bringing Nuri Sahin, currently on loan from Real Madrid at Liverpool, back to the Signal Iduna Park - the club he left in 2011. The Turkish international joined Los Blancos after lifting the Bundesliga title with Dortmund, but struggled to establish himself in Jose Mourinho's team.
He moved to Anfield on loan at the start of this season, but after showing early promise he has since found his playing time limited, dropping behind Jordan Henderson in the Reds' pecking order. Now the reigning German champion is pursuing the possibility of bringing Sahin back to Dortmund, the place where he began his career.
Sahin has started just seven league matches for Liverpool, leading to speculation that Brendan Rodgers could pull the plug on Sahin's stay at Anfield in January.
As agreed last summer, Paris Saint-Germain FC completed the signing of Lucas Moura on Tuesday after the Brazilian put pen to paper on a five-year deal.
Lucas, who last month helped São Paulo FC win the Copa Sudamericana in his last game at the club, was unveiled at the Islamic Art Museum in Doha, Qatar, where his new team are training during the winter break. PSG paid a club record £40m fee for the man capped 22 times by Brazil as they seek their first Ligue 1 title since 1994 – something Lucas is eager to provide.
"My goal is to help the team win titles," declared the 20-year-old attacking midfielder. "This team is competitive and I think a lot of success is on the cards. But I'm always thinking about the Brazilian national team as well as becoming the best player in the world. I never think about losing when I take to the field. I'm not scared of anyone and I always give everything to honor the shirt I'm wearing."
Moura joins PSG's growing Brazilian contingent, featuring Thiago Silva, Alex and Maxwell as well as general manager Leonardo. "Paris is a big club. There's a great challenge ahead and Leonardo really helped me to make this decision," he said. "I'll do everything I can to achieve our goals and entertain the fans. I'll try to get to my best possible form with my new club after having given my all to São Paulo."
"Nuri is one of ours and we're closely monitoring his situation," Dortmund director Michael Zorc told Bild. "The problem in Liverpool is he is not playing in his best position. "We have previously said that we might make a move if he says he only wants to play at Dortmund. We have to remain realistic, though. Nothing has changed in that regard."
Yet another disappointment for Milan fans. AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato is close to completing his move to Corinthians, according to the player's agent Gilmar Veloz. The 23-year-old's time at San Siro has been blighted by injury and news of a return to his homeland has surfaced in recent weeks. A number of European clubs are also reported to have registered their interest, but his representative insists Pato is determined to return to Brazil as soon as possible.
"He is a young player and he has caught the interest of European sides," Veloz told Radio Globo. "But he has decided to return to Brazil and that is his final decision. Duilio [Alves Monteiro, associate director] and Roberto [de Andrade, director of football], must set the end of this week to conclude business."
Meanwhile, the player's old physiotherapist at former club Internacionale has dismissed any concerns regarding his fitness and says Timao will be getting a supreme athlete.
"We are talking about a great athlete with great speed and muscle power," Mauren Mansur explained to Seporte Interativo.
"It is unfortunate that he has had a high number of injuries but he had examinations in the USA and they didn't reveal anything serious for the future."