Rossi, Macheda… Petrucci?
Posted by nickogs20 on May 10, 2008
Reports from Italy suggest United are on the verge of securing the signature of Roma’s 16 year old striking prospect Davide Petrucci.
The youngster – somewhat predictably labelled ‘the new Totti’ – has been suspended from training by the giallorossi after apparently refusing to put pen to paper on a professional contract, offered to him three years earlier than is required in a bid to ward off potential suitors. United, and their willingness to offer a more lucrative financial package to Petrucci and his family, are alleged to be the reason for Petrucci’s hold-out, with the latest rumours from the Italian capital suggesting the player will sign for the Reds in a matter of days. If that is the case, the Italian U18 international will likely pen an initial three-year deal, turning pro on his 17th birthday later this year.
The apparent move for Petrucci comes just a year after United ‘poached’ Federico Macheda from Roma’s bitter rivals Lazio, and four years after the club signed Giuseppe Rossi from Parma in the same manner. The Italian media are up in arms about potentially losing yet another of their brightest talents to English raiders (Arsenal signed Arturo Lupoli from Parma at the same time we nabbed Rossi, while Chelsea have Azzurri youth internationals Jacopo Sala and Fabio Borini in their ranks) and the poaching of young players in this manner isn’t something that sits comfortably with many fans (myself included), but unfortunately it’s a fact of life in modern-day English football. If Petrucci turns out to be as good as he’s been described (as as good as his forerunners) then I guess the slight guilty conscience will be easy enough to suppress…