Failed Arsenal deadline day target to rejoin old club?

Forza Udinese

After an eventful last six months, Fabio Quagliarella has been linked with a return to the club where he made a name for himself.

It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind for the veteran striker this term, unfortunately from his perspective, not on the pitch.

Heavily linked with a move to the Premier League last summer, nothing would eventually materialise as the 31-year-old remained with Juventus despite fierce competition up front.

And the arrivals of Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez left him out in the cold in the ensuing campaign, limiting him to just three Serie A starts for the champions.

Transfer speculation returned in January, with several English clubs reportedly out for his signature - particularly Arsenal on deadline day.

Again the Italian would opt to stay in Turin only to find himself left out of the Old Lady’s Europa League squad to face Trabzonspor and training in isolation the next week.

And now, the ex-Friuli man is back under the microscope for former employers Udinese.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Quagliarella has an enduring list of admirers queued up, but the Zebrette have grown keen on bringing the striker back to the north east.

During his time at Udinese, the Neapolitan built further on his 2006-07 breakout season at Sampdoria, establishing himself as a regular in the Italian national side - hitting 33 goals in 87 appearances and earning a trip to Euro 2008 with the Azzurri.

Francesco Guidolin’s side currently run the risk of losing talismanic striker Antonio Di Natale at the end of the term, the 36-year-old having announced he would retire.

Quagliarella’s contract with Juventus expires in June 2015 and with a wealth of options up front, the club may be keen to cash in on him this summer while still possible.

Premier League clubs could certainly be back in for him alongside Udinese when the transfer window opens once again, though there are no indications at present of the Italian’s preference to remain in his homeland or move abroad.

image: © Flavio Di Pietro

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