Gabriel Paletta was allowed to leave Anfield in 2007; but has done pretty well since...
A week ago we brought you the story of a former Liverpool player, barely appreciated by the club, who was now being valued at a staggering €35 million by his current club Parma - just six years after The Reds practically let him go for nothing.
The player in question is Gabriel Paletta and in fairness his time on Merseyside was forgettable. He was signed from Banfield, in his Argentine homeland, after impressing alongside Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championships. He was given a four-year deal and Rafa Benitez was pleased with the signing.
But a year later he was being flogged after just five games for the club. He was sold to Boca Juniors with Liverpool making a small loss on the player.
But he excelled at Boca and earned a second crack at Europe with Parma; which has proven to be a trailblazing success.
But with success comes attention and this summer AC Milan are desperate to add a player, who might have made the perfect Jamie Carragher replacement, to their current crop.
But there is one major stumbling block in the way of his move to the San Siro; the notoriously hard to handle Gialloblu board.
They have put a firm and quite frankly ludicrously high transfer valuation on the player in order to keep him.
And his agent has now been on the warpath. Martin Guastadisegno said that his move to Milan would be a ‘dream’ and that if he is worth the whopping amount they are suggesting; then his wage packet needs to be increased proportionately…http://www.football-italia.net/36742/paletta-agent-questions-%E2%82%AC35m-tag
“Playing for Milan would be a dream… That’s crazy [the valuation]. That price is outside the parameters of the current market and I’ll speak with Leonardi [Parma director general] about that next week when I arrive in Italy. It is not up to me to set transfer fees, but €35m is certainly too high. If the club really value him that highly then his salary needs to be increased in proportion to his market value. And I state again that Paletta would be the right defender for Milan.”
The fact remains that Liverpool probably should not have been so hasty in removing the 27-year-old from the ranks in 2007. It looks like he is going to be playing for AC Milan next season in the Champions League and battling it out for the Serie A title.
Could he have done the same at Liverpool? Possibly; but just like Giussepe Rossi at Manchester United or Nemanja Matic at Chelsea this looks like being one that got away.
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