Cagliari splash the cash to avoid relegation battle


Cagliari have looked to offset the potential of a Serie A relegation battle come the end of the season, with significant investment in the January transfer window.

Only two sides spent more than Rolando Marin’s side during the winter transfer period, with Fiorentina and AC Milan outspending them.

However Cagliari, who are currently 14th in the league table, have looked to bring in a number of new faces for the remainder of the campaign.

Their first move was to make Filip Bradaric’s loan move from Croatian side HNK Rijeka permanent, after he impressed in central midfield in the first half of the season.

They have added experience with midfielder Valter Birsa coming in from CSKA Sofia and versatile defender Fabrizio Cacciatore in on loan until the end of the season, from fellow relegation rivals Chievo Verona.

The biggest name they have brought in is Luca Pellegrini on a loan deal from AS Roma, with plenty of excitement around the Italian U21 international, who can operate anywhere on the left hand side.

Marin will look to slot these new signings into his plans in the coming weeks, with striker Diego Farias the only notable departure – as he heads to Empoli on loan until the end of the season.

Goals do remain an issue, with plenty of defensive and midfield reinforcements coming into the club, there will be increased pressure on forward Leonardo Pavoletti to reignite his early season form.

After netting 11 Serie A goals on loan at the club from Napoli last season, they opted to bring him in permanently over the summer.

He hit the ground running at the start of the campaign, with eight goals in his first 12 games, despite Cagliari not enjoying the best start – with one win in their first six league games.

However the goals have dried up for Pavoletti and for Cagliari since the turn of the year, with just four goals in their last six league games, including just one for Pavoletti.

He did score crucial goals at the end of last season, as the club staved off relegation with six points from their last two games.

Marin and the Cagliari fans will be hoping he can rediscover that form at the crucial time this time around, as they look extend their three season stay in the Italian top flight.

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