Top Defender Barzagli To Leave Palermo

There is news today that Andrei Barzagli, the Italian center-back who plays for Palermo, will be leaving the club in the summer.


Andrea Barzagli – top center-back now available

He has 21 full caps for the full Italian side and also played often for the Italian youth sides.

Barzagli won a bronze medal with the Italian Olympic team in 2004 and was a consistent member of the Italian Youth sides playing 8 times for the Italian Under-20 team and 15 times for the Italian Under-21 side.

The 27 year-old 6’1″ center-back has been at Palermo since 2004, and has played for them 140 times and scored 5 goals.

There were signs that Sam Allardyce was interested to bring the Italian to Newcastle last summer, and there were several reports that Newcastle were indeed interested in the top defender.

During the 2006 World Cup he was a starter for the quarter-final against Ukraine – after an injury to Alessandro Nesta and the suspension of Marco Materazzi.

Indeed, over the last two seasons there has been constant speculation in Italy about his future – with Juventus seemingly interested in signing the player.

So far he is still at Palermo, but it now seems that his club are finally ready to sell him.

Last season he was valued at around £11M, and would not come cheaply, but he is also a top defender, and that money would be well spent.

What do you think about this player?

Comments welcome.

64 comments so far

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 15, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #1

    cant see him coming here

  • seetow

    May 15, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #2

    would be magic.. but why would he choose us?

  • Tom_Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #3

    He will go to Bayern or Juventus.

  • Kash2

    May 15, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Lucio is gonna be at Bayern for another year before he leaves, and they’ve already signed the young Brazilian to replace him.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Who cares, he will go to Bayenr or Juventus. If Bayern want a player like this, they will get him. Enough said.

  • Hadji

    May 15, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #6

    There are rumours that Wolfsburg could be his next team considering that they allready signed Zaccardo from Palermo.

  • Kash2

    May 15, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #7

    @Tom_Toon: Sorry “John Motson”. I forgot you know everything about everything, and that you’re head scout for KK. Prick!

  • HeronMag

    May 15, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m totally naive when it comes to Italian football now… Sounds interesting though.

    I’d prefer us to be linked with more British/Irish talent though. It just shows you how over inflated the prices are for English players.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Ye, you definitely forgot it.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Hadji – Do you have an opinion on Marius Constantin?

  • Tom_Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #11

    I wish i was head scout. At least we wouldnt be linked with total unrealistic players, loads of africans or utter shite.

  • ToonKing

    May 15, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #12

    pfff Barzagli is class but he won’t be coming to us. period.

  • broon ale

    May 15, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #13

    just because he is leaving doesnt warrant a story on this website, surely

  • Mehzeb

    May 15, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #14

    We all appreciate the input Tom_Toon, but come on, nobody likes a know-it-all. Sadly, since everyone here looks to your input on matters doesn’t give you the right to blast every other article that doesn’t match with your taste.

    It’s sad, and kind of getting old. Yes, you know alot of players, and you post regularly here. Well, some of us also know our fair share of football, and sometimes, just sometimes, we just don’t need you to overwhelm us with your negativity.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #15

    I was being sarcastic for christ’s sake. Of course i dont know everything.

    But why would a top italian defender, ITALIAN, they have the best CB’s in the world and he hold down a regular place want to come here.

    Im sick of the unrealistic player, utter shite or the amount of africans we get linked with.

    I know this summer im going to be completely underwhelmed by most people we sign.

  • daniel

    May 15, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Jesus! you sound like a bunch of five year olds arguing. Anyway, I think he would be a quality signing, but dont see him moving. But on another matter, I really want Aiden McGeady. He’s like a younger, quicker, better Duff.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #17

    As for wingers, id love Roberto Hilbert of Stuttgart or Riera of Espanyol.

  • Mehzeb

    May 15, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Fair enough, Tom_Toon. I know what you mean about the summer being underwhelming. Alot of people here expect the likes of Diego, Van der Vaart, Metzelder, etc. joining us this term, but I personally feel that we may lose out to other clubs simply on the basis that they can offer European football. But it’s still healthy to dream, and dreams are what keeps us alive. So, I’ll hope for the best, and expect our club to make at least a few quality signings. They may not be who we expect, but I’ll be happy as long as it brings back the good times to Tyneside.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #19

    I get annoyed because a lot of people dont realise we are a MID TABLE team.

  • Mehzeb

    May 15, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #20

    I’ve always liked Hilbert, he’s quick, and he crosses well. Has a decent shot as well. Wouldn’t mind we landed him, but I’m with daniel on Aiden McGeady – the man is class. We’d benefit greatly if we could somehow tempt him away from Celtic.

    Competition for Duff, and the privilege after years, to see a Newcastle United winger who can cross the ball!

  • Davey G

    May 15, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Daniel, Its good to argue on a debating board, it blows out the cobwebs!! Anyway, is it arguing or is it debating??

    The only time it gets silly is when people start calling each other naughty names.
    SPYRO does this all the time, have a look at his posts to me re Arshavin/Eto a few blogs back.

    What he doesnt realise is that when the abuse starts, the argument/debate is lost.

    Soo keep it clean lads n lasses!!

  • Mehzeb

    May 15, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #22

    We’ve been stranded in mid-table mediocrity since Sir Bobby Robson left. Fat Freddy killed our hopes and dreams when he sacked the only person who in the last ten years, had taken us to the highest level, and made us into a formidable force who actually finished 3rd, 4th and 5th in successive seasons.

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    May 15, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Like Daniel said let’s go for McGeady as he is the new Duff! He has a great future ahead of him, let’s tie him down at Newcastle and he’ll have a great future with us!

  • OzZyMagpiE

    May 15, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #24

    zarate for toon…=p

    pfft we are a mid table side… zarate would be willing to come… so hez realistic n good… i’ve always liked argies apart from da ones we sign… bassedas/cordone…rofl

    on another note.. why sign McGeady when zoggy commtied? we need players who we’ve been lackin with postion wise.. one creative mid/ one ceter back/ one left back n / one holdin mid period

  • Davies

    May 15, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Easy Tom Toon. We are a mid table team, and I agree, we will probably be totally underwhelmed by summer signings, but there’s always room for a little optimism.

    There are some good signals going out about Newcastle at the moment. Though he’s probably covering his ass because nobody wants to buy him, Zog has just said that he’s happy at the club.

    Amara Diane said that he would love to play for Newcastle and that Keegan is a “dream manager”. You never know who will take that kind of commentary on board.

    I’m not getting carried away mate, I just think we shouldn’t be writing good signings off before the window has opened properly.

  • JC

    May 15, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Deco has said that he will definity be leaving and going to England or Italy that is fact not rumour. Baca have let him talk to other clubs.

  • MathewS.africa1988

    May 15, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Guys it seems that the transfer gossip is starting to get to all of us. Yet to give ed flack is not called for. He told us afew weeks back he will report on all targets that we get linked with and that is exactly wat he is doin. Doubt if 99% of us could put half the effort and time he puts into this blog for US. He gets nothing out of it. Im specifically referrin to the mbia post earlier that alot of people were moanin about. Keep the faith lads!

  • toonbarmy

    May 15, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #28

    Arshavin would be great but if we miss out on him we should look at players like Jeremy Menez.

  • Daniel Petersen

    May 15, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #29

    I think the reason we are looking for a LW/LM is that we are going to move out either Duff (to Sunderland) or Zog (to Spurs). Mind you this is just speculation and I have no real basis other than what was reported in the press (Zog) or that Keene has stated his interest in Duff and been given a large transfer kitty.

    If PSG go down they have a few exciting CM’s that we should look into in Clement and Chantome. We should even look into the young striker David N’Gog. Shows a lot of promise.

  • Gunnar/Iceland

    May 15, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #30

    Class player. Wont join us. Will end up at Barca, Arsenal or Juve.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Daniel Peterson – Agree about Chantome and N’Gog, but not Clement, replace Clement with Digard and Rothen

  • Jamie G

    May 15, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #32

    i agree with most of the lads…then again….owen, martins, woodgate, butt etc all linked with bigger clubs and look where they ended up.
    i have to say even though we had a good spell last month i still think we need a summer clear-out or practically every1 apart from the keepers, beye, enrqiue, taylor, milner, martins, owen.
    barzagli and cuellar at the back would be jizz material, but i think the latter is a more realistic option and would still be fantastic.
    look at wgat spurs did under jol a couple seasons ago, unlucky to miss out on 4th after bringing in loads of top quality players that summer like they always do.
    it’ll be tough but we need a new team and hopefully get in the top 7 next seasons and move on from there.

  • Daniel Petersen

    May 15, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Tom Toon I completely agree with you about Digard and Rothen. Both class. Clement has been playing better and better of late and I think KK might be able to make him a better player. I would really like us to pick up N’Gog and Chomtome though.

    Does anyone know if we are still after the defender Shako from PSG? I heard a rumor about it a little while back.

  • Nev

    May 15, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #34

    very few italians travel well … i dont rekon he will come tbh
    and i agree with tom_toon – “MID TABLE TEAM”
    forget bout ya van der vaarts and start looking forward to the sidwells of this world

  • Tom_Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #35

    Nev – Sidwell is the kind of player we can attract form the prem. But if we can look abroad we can attract better than Sidwell, however, nowhere near the PERCIEVED quality of your VDV, Diego’s etc.

    By percieved i mean we could get quality player who arent hyped up, someone like Hilbert or other seriously underrated players.

  • scottish mag

    May 15, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #36

    yeah he is quality but dont think we will get him, also cuellar is staying at rangers

    and newcastle wants huntelaar for £15m if we lose owen

  • scottish mag

    May 15, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #37

    barzagli is quality but dont think we’d get him

    KK wants huntelaar for £15m if we lose owen:

    and also cuellar wants to stay at rangers:

  • scottish mag

    May 15, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #38

    barzagli is quality but unrealistic, cuellar wants rangers stay and KK to get huntelaar for £15m if we lose owen

  • Hadji

    May 15, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Tom Toon…Cant tell cause i never see him play.I havent watched anything lately besides EPL,Primera and Calcio.
    I really like Philip Degen though but too bad he’s going to Liverpool unfortinatelly.
    I asked you once for youur opinion about Mendy from PSG

  • Tom_Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #40

    Mendy is a good attacking full back, lots of speed, good cross but he does get caught out defensively but he is fairly strong aswell. Hes available on a free so i dont see why not.


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