Serie A clubs right not to waste money on Nicolas Anelka

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Italian giants Fioretina and Palmero were fortunate to miss out on signing former West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka this summer.

The Frenchman, who has been without a club since being shown the exit by the Baggies after the quenelle saga, has also represented Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool and ultimately became the latest star to join the inaugural Indian Premier League with Mumbai FC.

And with questions over his attitude and the player entering the twilight years of his career, both Serie A sides can consider the forward a bullet well dodged.

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Former glory

When at the peak of his powers Anelka was one of the most consistent strikers on the planet.

His stock grew most during his days over in North London under the wing of Arsene Wenger, with a spell over in Spain also fruitful with Real Madrid.

Manchester City saw him shine again during the days at Maine Road, with a short spell at Anfield another top club to add to his decorated CV.

His time at Bolton further endeared him to managers of the Premier League, with Avram Grant winning the race for his signature in 2008 to bring him to Chelsea.

At Stamford Bridge he missed the decisive penalty in the 2008 Champions League final against Manchester United, but won the golden boot the following season and helped fire the Blues to a domestic double in 2010, scoring 15 times in 45 appearances.

A brief period over in Shanghai was a blotch on his record, and the striker tasted Serie A action for the first time with Antonio Conte’s Juventus.

Turbulent record

Despite his impressive goalscoring record turbulent spells at various clubs have somewhat botched his copybook.

The Quenelle gesture that ended his latest spell back in England incited accusations of racism, although the Frenchman later stressed his innocence by stating he was merely defending a friend.

His languid, lazy style drew accusations of negligence, a claim not too dissimilar to that which hampered Dimitar Berbatov during his time at Old Trafford.

His commitment to the cause whilst at the Hawthorns came under constant scrutiny, as did the last stages of his time at Chelsea before he left in the winter of 2012.

At 35-years-old his best days seem far behind him, as shown by managing a poultry five goals in 38 games since exiting London just over two and a half years ago.

Anelka avoided

The player’s agent recently stated that no club in Italy’s top flight could afford his client.

Fiorentina had been in need of a forward following Giuseppe Rossi’s latest injury, but will now have to look elsewhere.

Anelka is a maverick, once capable of turning matches with an act of magic. Unfortunately for him, the ship has now sailed, with the end of the ocean soon in sight.

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