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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…

5 Responses to “Rossi, Macheda… Petrucci?”

  1. Yep -it’s all well and good scouting these brilliant young talents but at some point, for their sake and ours, they should be given an honest chance to progress on to the first team.

    Rossi is a classic example – the buy back clause just smacks of Chelsea style player-hogging. But as you say – that’s the way the Premier League is these days. You gather as many players as you can from the youth scouting network and hope that one of them turns out to be a diamond…

  2. nickogs20 said

    Agreed. The trouble is the margin of error at the top of the league these days is miniscule – there’s far too much at stake and far too much to lose for managers at the top clubs to blood youngsters unless they are Rooney/Ronaldo-esque prodigies. Wenger took the conscious decision to almost sacrifice a couple of seasons in a bid to bring kids through (although not as many as the media would have you believe) and that led to two successive 4th place finishes and three trophyless seasons – something that wouldn’t be tolerated at Chelsea or Liverpool, nor probably United under the Glazers.

    It’s a great shame in many ways, hard to see it being reversed as well. The FA/PL have missed a big trick by not stipulating that at least 1 or 2 of the players on the seven-man subs benches being introduced next season should be club youth products and/or under a certain age.

  3. […] color=”#000000″>The signing of Roma’s 16 year old starlet Davide Petrucci, mooted here a month ago, appears to be confirmed. To loosely translate from Italian website […]

  4. […] by nickogs20 on July 3, 2009 In what appears to be becoming an annual event, United have seemingly secured the services of another promising Italian youngster – this […]

  5. […] In what appears to be becoming an annual event __________________ There is only 1…. I give up […]

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