Juve plan Palladino-De Ceglie swap

Posted on 20/01/2010


Juventus are hoping they can tempt Genoa into giving Raffaelle Palladino back by offering Paolo De Ceglie in exchange.

The Bianconeri are due in Liguria this week for talks about Palladino and Domenico Criscito, two of their most promising youngsters, who are part-owned by Genoa.

Roberto Bettega and Alessio Secco would like to bring Palladino back to Turin in their bid to give Ciro Ferrara as many options going forward as possible.

The 25-year-old can play either as a second striker or on the flank, but it’s his ability to attack the spaces that has attracted the attention of Bettega and Secco.

Palladino has scored four goals in nine starting appearances for Genoa this season. He last appeared for Juventus in 2008.

Tuttosport understands negotiations are underway, but they don’t expect Genoa Coach Gian Piero Gasperini to sanction the deal.

The Rossoblu sold Sergio Floccari earlier this month and would be tempted by a big offer for Hernan Crespo, so they need bodies in attack.

De Ceglie, the Juventus full-back, looks set to be used as a bargaining chip, but Palladino is also said to have reservations about the move.

The Bianconeri recently brought back Michele Paolucci while Andrea Candreva is also on his way from Udinese by way of Livorno.

It’s not certain whether he would get enough regular first team football especially with David Trezeguet also returning from injury in a couple of weeks’ time.