Newcastle are looking for good left backs and one who is available but being actively pursued by Manchester City and maybe Liverpool is the Italian Under-21 captain Giorgio Chiellini.Â Â
GiorgioÂ has 6 caps forÂ ItalyÂ despite still being eligibleÂ for the Italian U-21 national team.
He captained Italy in this summer’s European Under-21 Championships in Holland and was named to the ‘UEFA Team of the Tournament’.
He is without doubt an up and coming young player of some potential but untested in the Premiership butÂ is there any real chance of Sam getting Chiellini to Newcastle?
Let’s take a look.
On 16 July it was reported that Liverpool had made a Â£5M offer to Juventus for
their young left back Giorgio Chiellini. Juventus are only prepared to sell the Italian U-21 captain for Â£7M. However only last week Sven Erikkson made a move for Chiellini and City are prepared to pay the Â£7M transfer fee so if Sam wants this player we had better move very quickly.
It appears that Liverpool’s interest in Chiellini may depend on what happens with the Heinze deal Liverpool are trying to do with Manchester United. If Liverpool are blocked in getting Heinze then it looks like they will go after Chiellini â€“ if he’s still available.
Chiellini will be 23 years old next month so he is still quite young and at 6’1â€ fits the profile of full backs Sam Allardyce is trying to get to Newcastle.Â Newcastle’s lack of European football next season may be a barrier to securing Georgio and we are aware it’s unusual for Italians to leave their homeland. Chiellini is a good player and the type of tall strong defender Allardyce would like to sign before the end of the transfer window.
But he’s available for â‚¤7M which is an interesting fee and we wonder if he could possibly be the player who turned us down a week or so ago. We may never know that – but that would even be encouraging if he was the player – because we would know at least Sam is going after real talent. If he did turn us down it couldn’t have been because of the lack of European football because Manchester City cannot provide that either and it looks like he may be close to agreeing a deal with City.
Since this is the first time we have brought up Chiellini on this site here is some information regarding his career so far.
Giorgio Chiellini was born August 14, 1984 in Pisa and currently plays for Juventus. He is an attacking left back who has also played in midfield. Chiellini started his career with Livorno in 2000 where he played for two years each in the Serie C1 and Serie B Italian leagues.
He was signed by Juventus in the summer 2004, for around â‚¤4M, but immediately sold on a co-ownership deal to Fiorentina for just over â‚¤2M, where he played for 2004/05 season. After an excellent first season in Serie A, he was recalled by Juventus for the 2005-06 season, where Juventus paid the extra â‚¤2MÂ for full-ownership (strange deal).
Chiellini made his debut for the Italian national team in November 2004 against Finland, and has since become a regular squad member. He won the European Under-19 Championship with Italy in 2003, and was also a member of the Italian team that won the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
He has so far won 6 caps for the Italian national team, despite still being eligible to play for Italian U-21 national team. He was named in the ‘UEFA Team of the Tournament’ of the 2007 U-21 Championships held in Holland where Italy qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
If Sam wants Chiellini now is the time to get in the â‚¤7M bid for him – and at least talk to the player before Manchester City agree the deal.
We think there is only a slight chance we can now get Chiellini â€“ but heyÂ that’s only our opinion – let us know what you think -Â commentsÂ always appreciated.