Bologna captain Alessandro Diamanti looks set to join Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande.
Evergrande, who are coached by former Italy coach Marcello Lippi, are believed to have made a bid within the region of €8m for the 30-year-old attacking playmaker, a fee which Bologna have graciously accepted.
According to Sky Sports Italia, it is believed that Diamanti will earn around €3.2m a season playing for the current Asian Champions League winners.
Surprisingly, Diamanti had also been linked with a move to Scudetto favourites Juventus. Although, it appears that the Azzurri international has opted for the financial benefits available in China, rather than a chance at solidifying his space on the plane to the 2014 Brazil World Cup.
After Diamanti provided two assists for Rolando Bianchi to earn a vital point against Scudetto chasers Napoli, the Rossoblù were beginning to look stable. Regardless, Diamanti will be leaving Bologna perilously close to the relegation zone in seventeenth place.
Furthermore, Diamanti is also the Rossoblù’s joint top scorer with four goals this season. In turn, Stadio have reported that Bologna have shortlisted three players as potential alternatives to Diamanti.
Firstly, Juventus midfielder Sebastian Giovinco, who has found it increasingly difficult to solidify a place within the starting line-up, following the introduction of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente in the summer. However, Arsenal have also been linked with a loan move for Giovinco, in order to provide cover for their growing injury list.
Regarding Arsenal, Giovinco’s agent Claudio Pasqualin stated: “There’s been a request for information but a deal is still far from being done.”
Alternatively, Bologna have been connected with a loan move for Inter Milan trequartista Mateo Kovacic. Manchester United have also been linked with a permanent deal for the youngster, as they plan to bolster their midfield following their horrendous run of form.
Fortunately for Bologna, Inter legend Tarcisio Burgnich has advised the Nerazzurri to keep the Croatian, or to loan him out for the remainder of the season. Burgnich also reminded Inter coach Walter Mazzarri of the blunder Inter made by selling Philippe Coutinho to Liverpool, who has blossomed since leaving the Milanese giants.
Finally, Stadio claim that the Rossoblù are chasing former Catania winger, Alejandro Gomez who is extremely unhappy at Metalist Kharkiv.
Nevertheless, the Argentine has publicly stated that he would prefer a move to Fiorentina. Gomez told tuttomercatoweb.com: “I want to play in Italy. I’d like to go, in particular, to Fiorentina, where I was going to go two years ago.”
Here, it’s cold, the language is difficult to understand. The team is good, but the rest is bad. I have failed to settle, I’m not happy.”
To conclude, all three of Diamanti’s potential replacements have been linked with Champions League contenders. Retrospectively, Bologna’s seventeenth place position is unlikely to entice any of the aforementioned players. Hopefully, the Rossoblù spend their €8 million wisely to attract a permanent solution for the departure of their enigmatic captain.
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