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Scot Munroe On July - 6 - 2011

Udinese In The Midst Of The Market

After a brilliant season last year, Francesco Guidolin steered Udinese to 4th place and a place in the Champions league qualifying stage, with this a lot is expected in the coming term.

With all the success, vultures have swarmed Udine and are looking at their best players. The very talented forward Alexis Sanchez is turning heads with both Manchester United and Manchester City interested, along with Spanish champions Barcelona. City had a £30m bid accepted but the offer was a non-starter as allegedly Alexis Sanchez dug his heels in and failed to board the plane to Manchester. United were interested in the player but baulked at the excessively high £38-44m price tag and they turned their interests elsewhere in Ashley Young of Aston Villa.

The Sanchez-Barcelona love affair has rumbled on for the last couple of weeks and it looks like it could go on after the Coppa America. The Udinese director of sport Fabrizio Larni has insisted that Barcelona are the clear favourites for the signature of the player. Sanchez has stated that he would love to join the Catalan giants despite interest from Manchester City. Larni told Radio Kiss; “The negotiations with other clubs are moving forward and one factor which must be kept in mind is that Sanchez has expressed a will to join Barcelona.”

We all know that will of a player in these cases is very important. He wants Barcelona and has said this clearly. A report in La Gazzetta Dello Sport early in the week suggested Barcelona and Udinese were close to reaching a £35.9m agreement for the player. But once again the Udinese director of sport Fabrizio Larni was quoted “there is no rush to hurry the through the move as talks continue. “Sanchez future has no immediate expiry date because he is currently at the Copa America”

Another player that many have been looking at is the Switzerland international Gokhan Inler who is close to agreeing a move to Napoli, according to La Gazzetta  Napoli are willing to pay his annual salary of £1.8m a year. Udinese are eager to cash in on the player while they can get a reasonable fee for him and they have reached an agreement of around £12m. He was very close to joining Juventus who agreed a fee weeks before hand, Inler agreed personal terms but Juventus were very reluctant to meet the asking price.

Another player that could be on his way is the Colombian international defender Cristian Zapata who has held talks with Villarreal and Liverpool. It did look like the player was on his way to Merseyside to be a part of King Kenny’s revolution but a move to a La Liga could be on the cards. His agent Massimo Italiani has told Gazzetta “Negotiations are slowly coming to fruition. I think that talks could be concluded pretty soon as we are delighted with the interest of an important team like Villarreal”. The Yellow Submarine face competition over the signature of the highly rated defender as Liverpool and now Bayern Munich have been keeping tabs on the player.

After spending a year with the Viola, Gateano D’Agostino has returned to Udinese but could find himself on the move again. It does look like the player could be fof to Parma and won’t be in Francisco Guidolin’s plans for next season. The player was quoted on Radio Sport “they (Udinese) said they wanted motivated players. I was motivated but apparently my words did not matter to them”. So after his co-ownership deal with Fiorentina, it looks like both clubs don’t want the player and Parma could swoop in and secure the services of the Italian midfielder.

It looks like that these players could all be on their way and Udinese have made their way into the market to add to the squad. In the last couple of days they have completed the signings of three players. The first is Thierry Doubay from Swiss side Young Boys. The 23 year old midfielder has signed a five year deal on an undisclosed fee.

The second signing is off the Brazilian centre back Danilo Larangeira from Palmerias on a five year contract on a undisclosed fee. The 27 year old centre back has made 67 league appearances for Palmerias after arriving from Atletico Paranaense.

The final of the trio signing in three days is the signing of Abdoul Whaid Sissoko from French side Troyes for a reported fee of £1.5m. The younger brother of Juventus Mohamed Sissoko has completed a five year contract after making 49 appearances for the French side and he bolsters the midfield.

A player that is on Udinese radar is the young Standard Liege defender Eliaquim Mangala. The Zebrette are in the market for a central defender as Cristian Zapata is expected to depart the club to either Liverpool or Villarreal. Francesco Guidolin sees the young defender as a ideal replacement. But they face tough competition from Juventus for the player.

With Sanchez is on his way to the bright lights of Barcelona, Udinese are in the market for an attacker and found a replacement in Pablo Piatti of Almeria. But they face competition from Valenca according to both Gazzetta and Marca. Valencia see Piatti as the replacement for Joaquin who they recently sold to Malaga. A fee of around £6m will probably be sufficient for recently relegated Almeria.

With some big players could be on their way to bigger and better things, the talent that Francesco Guidolin has been touted to purchase are very exciting. With finishing fourth last season and finish in the top six would be brilliant for the club and European football on the horizon.

Scot Munroe

A Football fan for around 18 years since the age of 6 years old. My first love is Swindon town now managed by the mad man that is Paolo Di Canio. I have been a fan of Italian football for around 10-15 years now since the Channel four days back in the Uk with James Richardson. I am a Roma fan as well and i have been following the club since 2003 with the attack minded football with Totti and Cassano.

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One Response so far.

  1. lukuman says:

    Well… its always good to make good signings when u find urself in such situation..With better players going out when a team is to compete in europe, its always a challenge when the manager is going into the transfer market. i hope management will taken a wise decision in the signing of players.

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