With Italy in the semifinal of Euro 2012, most minds are not geared towards the happenings of Palermo and Serie A. Federico Balzaretti is doing all fans of the Rosanero proud, with several fantastic performances as the Azzurri hope to book a spot in the final. It’s easy to forget that things are still happening domestically with Serie A and the craziness surrounding the transfer market kicking into high gear. And while the window still has not officially opened (July 1st), all the co-ownerships around the league have been settled.
Co-ownership is something that is almost entirely unique to Italy. The idea behind co-ownership allows several clubs (normally just two) to have a hand in sharing a given player, often with two clubs owning 50% of the player’s contract. The clubs then agree on a price to buy out the other half of the contract. At the end of the co-ownership period, the clubs usually haggle over the price and where the player will go. If the two clubs cannot agree, then there’s the risk of going to the envelopes, where each club puts in a blind bid and seals it in an envelope to be revealed the next day. Whichever side has the higher amount wins and must pay the amount they auctioned for to acquire the other 50% of the contract. Such a deal is purely Italian in nature and cannot be found anywhere else.
For Palermo, co-ownerships play a vital role in the dealings of the club. The Sicilian side had a great number of deals to take care of and keeping track of all of them is no easy task. The matters to resolve pertain not only to the first team, but the Primavera as well. So, in order to get a better idea of who is staying, who is going and who you forgot was still even partly owned by Palermo, here’s the breakdown of what occurred when the dust settled on June 22.
Francesco Della Rocca – The midfielder had his co-ownership renewed for another year between Bologna and Palermo. Right now, he remains with the Rosanero, but his future is still not clear. He could still be sent back to Bologna or loaned out elsewhere depending on where he fits in Sannino’s plans.
Kamil Glik – The Polish defender is still partly owned by the Sicilian club. He spent last season with Torino who own the other half of his contract. Both clubs reached an agreement to extend co-ownership for another year and he’ll stay with Torino as they make their return to Serie A next season.
Nicolas Viola – The promising midfielder was quite the purchase last winter, albeit in co-ownership. Reggina and Palermo renewed the deal and the talented regista will join the Rosanero for preseason and looks to be a part of the team for next season. He’s a solid investment and Palermo did an exceptional bit of business to sign him. He had a great year for Reggina and there’s no reason why he wouldn’t be able to perform as well at the next stage.
Emiliano Viviano – It was one of the strangest deals last winter that’s only more exacerbated by the fact that it doesn’t look like he’s in the plans for the future at Palermo. Zamparini has already confirmed that Ujkani will be the Rosanero keeper next season, yet Inter and Palermo renewed the co-ownership deal on the Italy international. His future is uncertain with Torino and Fiorentina interested. He’s most likely headed elsewhere on loan with the option to buy Palermo’s 50%.
Samir Ujkani – The goalkeeper had a decent season for Novara before he succumbed to several unfortunate injuries. The deal between Novara and Palermo ended in the Sicilian’s favor and he’ll be in Rosanero next season between the sticks.
Michel Morganella – The Swiss fullback spent the last two seasons with Novara and gained valuable experience and playing time as a starter for that time period. He will return to Palermo alongside Ujkani as the resolution also ended in Palermo’s favor.
Pablo Gonzalez – He’ll go down as one of the worst transfers in Palermo history, as his high price tag (5 million) never paid off, making only one memorable appearance which came in the Europa League where he scored, but the Rosanero failed to advance. His situation wasn’t a co-ownership to resolve, but Palermo used him as a bargaining tool to bring Ujkani and Morganella back in Rosanero while selling the attacker back to Novara. The price hasn’t been revealed but its a virtual guarantee that the Sicilians lost money on him.
Dario Maltese – One of the “baby Rosanero” players, the midfielder had his co-ownership renewed with Esperia Viareggio, currently in Lega Pro (first division). He’s only 19 and spent the majority of last year starting for the Zebre and helped them play out of relegation to the second division in Lega Pro. Whether he’ll ever make it back to Palermo is a question that won’t be answered for another couple of years.
Francesco Ardizzone – Many might not remember, but Ardizzone was another one of the Primavera players who actually received several first team call-ups under the helm of Delio Rossi. He even made his professional debut in the Europa League. Nonetheless, he spent last season with Reggiana and the Lega Pro club had the resolution go in their favor. He’ll be a Reggiana player again next season.
Mattia Migani – The former Primavera goalkeeper passes on to San Marino, with whom he spent last season. San Marino will keep him. With the number of goalkeepers Palermo currently own, this is nothing to worry about.
Marco Giovio – Another ex-Primavera player, the once-budding attacker hasn’t settled in with stints at Foggia and Piacenza. Instead, he’ll go back to Grosseto, where it will be determined whether he stays there or gets loaned out once again. He’s no longer Palermo’s to deal with.
Antonio Mazzotta – The umpteenth Palermo Primavera ex, the talented fullback was a key member of the side that won the Primavera title several years ago. Unfortunately, the Palermo born defender had no offer presented between Lecce and Palermo, and so he goes back to Lecce. Hopefully, he can find a place that will let him flourish.
Gianvito Misuraca – A similar story to Mazzotta, Vicenza and Palermo had nothing to offer and so, Misuraca goes back to Vicenza.
Davide Lanzafame – Part of the deal that sent Amauri to Juventus, Lanzafame was once on par with Antonio Nocerino in terms of promise. Whereas Nocerino thrived, Lanzafame never made an impact and eventually found his way with Catania last season, where he didn’t make an impact there either. He’s had a decent season when he was with Bari and then somewhat so with Siena, but he just has never lived up to the hype. Whether he’s ever able to shake the “YouTube Talent” label, Palermo didn’t seem to think he’s worth anything. When a resolution was never reached, there was a chance that Palermo and Catania would go to the envelopes for him. Palermo said, “Don’t bother”, not even caring to put an offer in and the player got his wish, heading back to Catania.
Giuseppe Prestia – The crown jewel of the Palermo Primavera, the stalwart defender was not a co-ownership to resolve. Rather, he’s been officially loaned out to Ascoli, where he’ll gain playing time. There is no option to buy any part of his contract, so rest assured, he’s still a part of Palermo’s future.