Diego Fabbrini has been made available for loan by parent club Udinese and Newcastle are reportedly long-term admirers of the talented forward. However Championship side Watford could be in pole position
22-year-old forward Diego Fabbrini signed a new five-year-deal with Italian Serie A side Udinese in November yet at the moment he seems set for an exit from Zebrette after it was confirmed they were willing to talk about letting him go on loan.
If you are not sure about who he is he was the player who came on against England in the pre-Euros friendly who looked like a throw-back to the early 90’s in the Azzurri retro kit with his bouffant hair. That was his debut for his national side and he has not featured since.
He started as a winger at boyhood club Empoli where he earned many plaudits before arriving in Udine in 2011. Now deployed more as a second striker he is certainly talented; with some even referring to him as the ‘Italian Kaka’.
However he has struggled to break into Francesco Guidolin’s starting XI this season which has left them with the problem ‘What shall we do with Diego?’
“He wants to play more regularly, but the Coach can only pick 11 players. If he wants to go and play somewhere else then we’ll send him out on loan, but we’ll never sell him outright because we believe in him.”
Those were the words of Udinese’s Giampaolo Pozzo when talking about the future of the talented young man.
While a loan move to another Serie A side certainly seems a likely option there is little doubt he could bring much too English sides if they were willing to make the move for him.
So where could he end up?
Newcastle United seem to be strongly linked with a move for him. He would know Davide Santon from Italian youth duty considering their similar age and early prodigy. Newcastle are currently on the verge of missing out on Loic Remy and are looking bereft of attacking options. Bringing in Fabbrini could be a shrewd move considering his ability to play anywhere across the front-line.
In the past the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have been linked with his name but whether these outfits would find room for him in their current squads remains unlikely.
In fact the most likely destination is not a Premier League team at all but Championship promotion chasers Watford. The Glory Hornet Boys already have eight players on loan from the Italian club due to the shared ownership loyalties of the Pozzo family. They recently freed up a loan-space when they signed the one-time ‘next Messi’ Fernando Forestieri to a permanent deal this week and the opportunity to have both ‘Messi’ and ‘Kaka’ in his team will surely appeal to Gianfranco Zola.
Could Diego Fabbrini be on his way to Vicarage Road?
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