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 Â£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?