Serie B sleeping giants Torino have told star striker Rolando Bianchi to find a new club, Tuttosport are suggesting.
According to the Turin daily, the outfit’s sporting director Gianluca Petrachi yesterday informed Bianchi that he had no future at the club.
It is claimed that the Granata want to start a new chapter under new boss Giampiero Ventura which will see all the players left from their 2008-09 Serie A campaign sold.
As a result, Andrea Gasbarroni, Francesco Pratali and Paolo Zanetti seem set for a summer exit too.
It would be a surprise if Toro sacrificed Bianchi given the amount of goals he has scored since his 2008 arrival from Lazio.
Bianchi, who spent a year in England with Manchester City, has grabbed 54 League goals for the club – including play-off strikes – over the last three seasons.
The 28-year-old ended the last campaign with 19 goals from 33 Serie B matches. Just three of those were penalties.
Just saw this on the football Italia website. I'm a big fan of Bianchi so I would be sad to see him leave. It would make sense though as he is supposedly on big wages. It is the time of rumour and speculation so who knows.
I was just about to post the same thing. It would seem a bad decision. Bianchi has scored alot of goals for Toro, is the captain, and when on-form, inspirational for the team. He has the right attitude on the pitch and off. Plus, he's been with Toro for years and is still on the right side of 30. I for one, wouldn't throw Bianchi on the sword for Ventura.
I see on the official website that Cairo has refuted the rumour that Bianchi is to leave. As far as he is concerned nothing has been decided yet. I didn't think Bianchi would stay with Toro last season and I was pleasantly surprised. So here is hoping that the rumours are just that.
Hmmm, sounds like our captain will be exiting soon. That is a pity. The positive is that would free up a lot of extra cash on the payroll. I can certainly see why the club would want Bianchi to move on, it would help the rebuilding process. We will miss those goals though!
Torinogranata reports Toro fans are mobilizing to retain the services of our captain. They point to 'the human factor', the personal bond they feel for Rolandinho, and in turn his affection for the club as being more important than the pessimism of Ventura, towards Bianchi's place in the starting XI.
Such high drama! You can even follow the link an vote on what you think should happen with regards to Bianchi. Just over 60% voting insist he must stay at Torino.
I of course also hope our 'bandiera' stays with us, at least just a little longer.
Rolando Bianchi, for his part, has again emphasized his desire to stay and his commitment to taking Toro up to Serie A. "Napoli's interest is an honor", he says. "But these are just words on a paper." He goes on to underline his goal to stay with us, "No thanks. I am very attached to these colors, to both the team and the city."
Iunco is no longer a Toro player after Chievo won the blind auction to determine which team fully owns the player.
In tuttosport the latest rumour is that juve want to sign Ogbonna. Just a rumour but the figure mentioned was 13 or 14 million euro. That's a big rebuild fund so I'm sure any bid would have to be considered.
It is said you got our young wingforward Simone Verdi on a co-ownership deal with him staying with you next season. He is a great dribbler and good passer, but a little bit on the weak side. Have a couple of appearances with the first squad.