Disappointing news for Derby’s Fabrizio Ravanelli yesterday when Perugia said they didn’t want him. Rav was hoping his hometown club would have him seeing that Derby don’t, but Managing Director Alessandro Gaucci says no way. “He is not a player who will be joining us. Not because we don't rate him but for other reasons, in particular his age. We are investing in youth,” he added.
Udinese midfielder Giampiero Pinzi has been heavily linked with Chelsea. Blues boss Claudio Ranieri is keen on buying an Italian midfielder and both Pinzi and long time target Lazio’s Roberto Baronio seem to fit the bill. Italian U-21 star Pinzi says: "I am very happy with Udinese but to be wanted by a major club abroad is something I must think about seriously."
Perugia are in talks with Newcastle United over striker Zisis Vryzas. Reports in the Italian press suggest that Newcastle are ready to pay £5m for the Greek international. Vryzas has been linked with moves to Middlesbrough and Everton in the past.
Chievo's right wing midfielder, Eriberto, hopes to join Lazio as soon as possible. And he asks the two clubs to reach an agreement as soon as possible.
Eriberto: "I would be happy to join Lazio. At the age of 23 I feel that I am ready for a big club. It would be a great opportunity for me. I ask Lazio and Chievo to reach an agreement as soon as possible so that I can go on vacation, knowing where I will play next season. It would be nice to work with Mancini next season. I know that he admires me, because he has been at our training sessions many times during this season. And I believe a lot in Cragnotti's project, because especially after a negative season, he wants to build a great team."
Eriberto's agent confirms that Lazio is favorite to sign the player: "Lazio is favorite over Juventus and Roma to sign Eriberto because Lazio is ready to buy Manfredini as well."
Lazio is said to have bid 22 million Euro for the two wing players.
Verona's right wing defender Massimo Oddo did yesterday go through the medical tests, which he passed, and he is now ready to sign and be presentated to media. The day when he will be presentated hasn't been set yet.
Oddo: "I am happy to wear Lazio's shirt and I promise my new fans that I will always give all I have on the field."
Como are celebrating their promotion into the top flight with a host of reinforcements.
The club that resuscitated Luis Oliveira’s career has already officially signed FC Roda’s Dutch goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac and Croatian forward Sasa Bjelanovic.
Their latest signing is Yugoslav midfielder Nikola Lazetic from Turkish side Fenerbahce. The 24-year-old was born in Kosovo and has been capped 13 times. He can play both in central midfield and the right flank.
More moves in the pipeline include Perugia’s want-away goalkeeper Andrea Mazzantini. The former Venezia shot-stopper has been ruled out of the squad for the last six months after refusing to accept a move.
Como will face competition from Venezia and several Premiership clubs to take the veteran ‘keeper.
Como also announced that they have bought out Milan’s remaining half of Nicola Corrent’s contract.
The 23-year-old ex-Salernitana forward was co-owned and could prove to be a key buy for the future of the small club.
Perugia Reveal Spanish Interest In Vryzas
05/20/2002. Perugia president Luciano Gauchi has revealed that three Spanish clubs have enquired about the possibility of signing Greek striker Zisis Vryzas.
The 28-year-old has netted 17 goals over his last two seasons at the Renato Curi and is regularly linked with a move to a bigger club.
"Valencia, Atletico Madrid and Betis have contacted us about Vrysas. We are ready to discuss with any interested party." said Gaucci.
Perugia have gained a reputation over the past few years of signing players on the cheap and selling them on for large transfer fees and Vryzas would fall into this category should be he sold on in the summer.
Atalanta President Ivan Ruggeri has revealed he is in no hurry to sell his most wanted players.
The Bergamo outfit have a host of men that have been linked with some of Italy¡¦s biggest clubs but they may not be allowed to move.
"We have no real need for vast amounts of money because our finances are in a good and healthy state," he said.
"If we sell players then it will be under our terms. For example if we agree to sell someone then I¡¦m only interested in cash rather than player exchanges."
Cristiano Doni, Damiano Zenoni and Luciano Zauri have all been reported to be on their way out of the club. The latter hotly linked with Inter.
"Up until now we haven¡¦t received one serious offer," continued Ruggeri. "We¡¦ve talked to Inter about Zauri who have offered us Nicola Ventola. But I must remind people that players at big clubs have wages that are too steep for us to take on."
The Nerazzurri chief added: "We¡¦ve also met with Juventus but as of yet neither Zauli nor Zenoni have their ticket booked out of here. Only if we get what we want will they leave."
Italian international Doni will almost certainly be sold to either Roma or Juventus. While Zenoni and Zauri, both capped by the Azzurri in the past, are wanted by both Milan clubs.
Inter, Bologna watch super Swede Wilhelmsson
tribalfootball.com - May 30, 2002
Inter Milan and Bologna scouts were at Stabaek's 5-0 thrashing of Lyn this week to watch highly-rated Swede Christian Wilhelmsson in action.
The Italian duo are just two of several Serie A clubs interested in the 21 year-old, who is regarded as the Norwegian competition's best emerging talent.
Inter and Bologna representatives will remain in Oslo this week and will also take in Stabaek's clash with Lillestrom.