I don't know VERDI.
Many things are being said about Kluivert and Trezeguet right now, but if you read the article at http://www.onefootball.com
you get the impression that it's a distinct possibility. The site is good and has so far not given me any indications that they post articles with manufactured quotes.
Kluivert pleads for quick Juventus switch
Thursday 22nd June 2000
Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert, right, has given his strongest hint yet that he will leave Barcelona after Euro 2000 to link up with two of his international team-mates at Juventus. The unsettled forward, who scored his country’s opening goal in the 3-2 defeat of France on Wednesday, said: "Playing in Italy again with my friends Edgar Davids and Edwin van der Sar is a definite possibility."
He added: "There are negotiations going on and the move is a possibility, so I don’t see a problem with talking about it. But we need to tie up a deal quickly because if you wait too long in football you miss the train.
"When there is a big offer on the table, it’s only right that the club speaks about it with the player. My life in Spain is excellent, but a professional footballer must put his career first. Only I can decide my own future."
Kluivert, 24, nearly moved to Juventus from Milan two years ago in a £7 million deal, but chairman Silvio Berlusconi pulled the plug when Barcelona came in – preferring to sell to a foreign club.
Now, however, despite Kluivert’s two reasonably successful seasons in Catalonia, the Dutch core of the side looks set to leave en masse after countryman Louis van Gaal resigned as coach last month.
Barcelona are looking for a transfer fee of £7.5 million to recoup the cash they laid out for Kluivert in 1998. The prolific Dutchman is also certain to demand a salary in excess of the £1.4 million he earns at the Nou Camp. Neither should pose a problem to the megabucks Turin giants.
As I've said before I think Kluivert is an awesome player, but he's not that much of a reliable goalscorer (like Crespo, Vieri for instance). He has a great technique however, and watching him, Del Piero, Zizou, Davids, Vieira, Athirson and Zambrotta in offense next season is now my definate dreamscenario. I'm rarely this demanding, but with all the links we get at the moment you simply can't resist the dream can you