Fabio Quagliarella, 30, started his career at Torino, progressing through their youth teams. He made his Serie A debut for the club in 2000; however a disappointing spell and crippling debts meant that relegation with the side was inevitable.
In 2005 Quagliarella had spells at different clubs, despite being bought and then later sold under the co-owner scheme by Udinese. He had spells at Ascoli and Sampdoria, during which he netted an impressive 13 goals, some of which were spectacular. His goals and performances persuaded Udinese to buy out full ownership of the player for a reported £6m.
It was during those years with Udinese that Quagliarella became a genuine top quality player. He formed a great striking partnership with Antonio Di Natale, scoring 25 goals in just over 70 appearances, helping the club to a quarter final place in the Europa League. His success didn’t stop there; he helped the national team qualify for Euro 2008 and became an ever present fixture for the Azzurri
The Juventus striker then signed a 5-year deal with Napoli who bought the player for a staggering £16m. He had minor success with his hometown club but the arrival of Edinson Cavani pushed Quagliarella out of the first team picture. He was then sold off to Juventus for £9m, and given a contract until 2014.
His spell at Juventus has been incredibly successful, winning Serie A twice and the Italian Super Copa twice. In August the Juve man was the subject of a £9m bid from both Norwich and Sunderland but the Italian decided that his immediate future was with Juventus, despite the summer arrivals of fellow strikers Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez and the increase in competition.
However, after starting just three Serie A matches this season Italian press calciomercato are reporting that the Italian side are willing to let him go and have even offered him out to both Swansea City and Southampton. A switch the Premier League is likely to appeal and Southampton’s Dani Osvaldo could help persuade the Juve man to join the south coast side.
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