Well, here we are. Halfway through a season in which many (including us) predicted the Fellowship forged by Vincenzo Montella and Daniele Pradè to be broken asunder, it has instead been strengthened by unforeseen reinforcements and begun its walk into Mordor. But right now, we're in a sort of quiet spot halfway through. Frodo, Sam, and Gollum are camping in the picturesque forest at Ithilien. Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and Gandalf are feasting at Edoras. Merry and Pippin are hanging out with the Ents. There's not much happening right now, but it's time to start strategizing how to slip past the Black Gate or break Saruman's alliance with Sauron or overthrow Isengard. That's what the transfer window is for.
Where Fiorentina is clearly superior to the Fellowship is in reinforcement. After leaving Rivendell, the Fellowship makes a serious mistake in not reinforcing when it has the chance, especially after losing a key member (and Jakub Błaszczykowski lookalike (seriously, follow those links and tell me they're not freaking uncannily similar)). La Viola will doubtless lose some players, but can also add a few difference-makers; imagine if Éowyn and Éomer had been added to the team a little earlier.
So, while we enter a month in which people focus less on actual football and results and more on absurd rumors, just go with it. Sometimes it's those calm, boring moments that eventually build up to the really big, exciting moments, like the Ents destroying Isengard. Just take it all with a grain of salt, and maybe wash it down with a pint.
Catch up on all the loanee news here. Some of these dudes may move in this window.
So this is cool: Fiorentina have collected the second-most points in Serie A throughout 2015.
Before you get too hyped up about the January mercato, have a look at past winter windows here. It's not always pretty.
And finally, here is why selling Giuseppe Rossi makes sense, voted most likely article to stir up a mob outside VN offices this month.
Comment of the week
We were all thinking it when we saw the picture of Jacopo Petriccione on the loanee report, but Mike-R came out and said it. Let's just be thankful that the youngster got a haircut.