The deadline for all transfers in Italy ends at 19:00 local time. Lo Monaco has been working like a madman to revolutionize this squad and make sure they’re capable of winning a relegation battle. With Twitter overloaded, Ultra Palermo will recap all the latest moves and rumors as they happen.
The List Of Palermo Transfers In & Out, January 2013
In: Aronica (Napoli), Anselmo (Genoa), Dossena (Napoli), Sorrentino (Chievo), Formica (Blackburn), Boselli (Wigan), Nelson (Betis), Sperduti (Newells Old Boys), Faurlin (QPR), Fabbrini (Udinese)
Out: Bertolo (Cruz Azul), Brienza (Atalanta), Budan (Atalanta), Cetto (San Lorenzo), Giorgi (Atalanta), Labrin (Huachipato), Lores Varela (CSKA Sofia), Milanovic (Vicenza), Pisano (Genoa), Sosa (Central Espanol), Ujkani (Chievo), Zahavi (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
19:00 The transfer window has officially shut. Remains to be seen if any last minute/second deals were done.
18:57 Looks like Pinilla was the piece that blocked everything. Had he been moved from Cagliari, it would’ve freed up potential moves for Rolando Bianchi of Torino and German Denis of Atalanta. As it stands, all stay put.
18:50 The DS of Ascoli says Nico Viola is an interesting player, but will not join the club.
18:50 Hard to see anything significant happening in the final 10 minutes. Looks like the team is going to be as it is right now…unless a deal ala Paolucci happens. Let’s hope not.
18:41 The agent of Massimo Donati says the player will not leave Palermo. His words: “Massimo Donati isn’t going anywhere. I’m here (at the ATA hotel in Milan where transfers are being done) to close the deal for Rigoni (Marco) to Genoa, but as for Donati, there’s nothing to say. The player will remain at Palermo, the club considers him essential and he’ll stay in his place until the end of the season.” Does this mean Arevalo Rios will be sold?
18:25 Zamparini speaks out! But not on Palermo’s transfer campaign…he shares his thoughts on a rumor that would send Palermo-owned keeper Emiliano Viviano to Roma: “Viviano to Roma? Absolutely not. He’s Fiorentina’s starting keeper and will not move from Florence.” So, that’s that, apparently.
18:25 Seldom-used for reasons unknown, Nico Viola could be loaned out to Ascoli in Serie B. The playmaker was also rumored to be close to Novara, but it seems that those links were unfounded. Not sure why he hasn’t been given more of a chance.
18:13 No new news yet, but if you have a second, head over to Football Italia and read the latest opinion piece by Antonio Labbate on Stefano Sorrentino. It’s good.
18:00 One hour left before the winter window shuts. Lo Monaco still in search of a striker. Will one arrive?
17:50 Palermo have officially dealt three players: Franco Brienza to Atalanta – full sale; Ignacio Lores Varela joins CSKA Sofia on loan; Sebastian Sosa to Central Español Fútbol Club, also on loan.
17:32 Diego Fabbrini’s agent, Beppe Galli, spoke about his client’s move to Palermo: “We’re happy. Palermo is an important place. The formula is a strict loan, he’ll be in Sicily for four months and then we’ll see what happens, but I believe there’s sort of a verbal pact with Lo Monaco for a redemption price.”
17:25 Transfer “expert” Gianluca Di Marzio says Brienza has signed for Atalanta.
17:02 According to TMW, Gasperini has given the okay for Brienza’s transfer to Atalanta. The rumor is he’ll sign a one and a half year deal with the Orobici and earn more than he did at Palermo.
16:21 New regista Alejandro Faurlin has showed up at Boccadifalco. The midfielder has completed his move from QPR and will look to take part in team activities as soon as possible.
16:26 It looked like it was coming for a long time now, but reports are saying that Franco Brienza will join Atalanta. Palermo has brought in a lot of players that can cover his role and unfortunately, it seems that the 34 year old would be the odd man out with the Rosanero. Bittersweet…
16:21 The Sion DS tells Stadionews that Lafferty will stay with the Swiss club. A move to Palermo is not possible. Lo Monaco continues to search for a striker…
14:34 New signing Mauricio Sperduti just finished up his press conference at Palermo. He says he’s excited to be in Sicily and ready to give his contribution immediately. The winger knows Mauro Formica really well and the pair were former teammates at Newells. He also looks like he could pass for Lionel Messi’s brother.
13:51 Kyle Lafferty, the Northern Ireland striker playing for Sion in Switzerland, seems to be a dead deal. It looks like Palermo and Sion are no longer negotiating over the tall attacker.
13:04 Atalanta DS Pierpaolo Marino has denied a move to Palermo for striker German Denis, saying that the striker will rest with the club. Denis also gave a statement saying he plans on sticking with the DEA for life.
12:00 Palermo have made official two moves: Alejandro Faurlin has joined Palermo on loan with an option to buy from QPR and Diego Fabbrini has surprisingly joined the Rosanero on a loan deal via Udinese.