Thursday July 26 2012
Sampdoria’s garage sale

Sampdoria return to Serie A, but look set to move ahead without Angelo Palombo and Andrea Poli. Luca Cetta asks why they want to split from the duo.

“I’ll end my career with Sampdoria. I'm proud to have received some important offers and I thank the clubs who have come forward. However, I haven't thought about leaving here, not even for a moment. I think I have already demonstrated how tied I am to this shirt.”

Those were the words of Angelo Palombo just over a year ago as he and Sampdoria prepared for life in Serie B. The captain did remain with the Blucerchiati in the cadetti, however that adventure only lasted until a January switch to Inter. There, Palombo reunited with Andrea Poli, another who intended to stay in Serie B. Now back at Samp, the pair do not figure in the plans for 2012-13.

Ciro Ferrara’s 28-man squad for the summer retreat did not include either player. In his opening days at Doria, the former Juventus and Italy Under-21 tactician has utilised a 4-3-3 system – cultivated during his time with the Azzurrini – and surely Palombo and Poli, one an experienced leader, the other a technically-gifted midfielder, should be first team regulars as the club look to solidify their place in Serie A.

How much input Ferrara has regarding their future is unclear - contract negotiations with Inter concerning Poli took place before and after Ferrara’s arrival - and he appears resigned to the fact Poli is heading for the exit. “Poli has to make a decision on his future. He wants to compete for bigger objectives and we will try to make him happy.” In the case of Palombo, sporting director Pasquale Sensibile has been in discussions with other clubs.

So why the desire to sell their two greatest assets, especially when taking into account their past level of experience is something sorely lacking in the current squad? Sensibile has not offered a clear explanation for the Palombo standpoint, but a picture emerges that the club believes a clean break is best for both parties. “The future of Palombo? He is coming back from loan at Inter, but for the sake of everyone involved we must think about other solutions.”

The captain joined Inter on winter deadline day, even after again expressing his desire to remain at Marassi. “The Garrone family is very tied to Palombo, but he must make a choice for his future and it is perhaps the right time for us to separate,” said Vice-President Edoardo Garrone that month.

Unwanted by Andrea Stramaccioni’s outfit and the port city club, Juventus may be his next destination following talks held last week. There he would provide depth as the Bianconeri fight on three fronts this season. Links have also surfaced with Torino, Palermo and Cagliari, where the former Italian international would fight for a starting role. One thing is for certain, the player still has a lot to offer and would not command a high transfer fee.

Just as puzzling is the willingness to sell Poli. The rising star was close to staying with Inter, but negotiations halted and so the player returned, only to hover on the outer limits. Although featuring in just 18 League matches in 2011-12, Poli showed enough to be considered worthy of a permanent move, especially considering his age - 22 - and the price involved.

A bid of €6.5m from Napoli was recently considered, a low price in the current market. In addition, Juve have shown interest and in recent days become favourites for his signature. Yet the move at first glance looks a ploy to assist securing Stevan Jovetic, as Poli would immediately leave for Fiorentina in a co-ownership deal. Nonetheless, a season of regular football under Ferrara would aid the player’s development and could open the door to a higher transfer fee, helping the club.

Beside the additions of Maxi Lopez and Lorenzo De Silvestri, it has so far been a lean transfer window for the 1991 Scudetto winners. Garrone has already declared their aim is to safely avoid relegation, calling survival a necessity. However, could their stance towards Palombo and Poli harm those plans?

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Have your say...
Forget about how Garrone treats the team, I think Poli and Palombo should be sold because of the lack of contribution to the team during the past years. For Poli, please look at the statistics of how many goals and assist he has provided in the past years with Samp. I think i could count these numbers with my ten fingers. And as for Palombo, he can't prove to play in Serie A standard anymore. It's better to turn to a new page for Samp and sell these players as long as it has some values.
on the 18th August, 2012 at 4:58pm
Yea no idea why they would sell them. Samp is no minmow, they can't hold onto poli in the face of a 6.5m bid? Smh. I didnt expect them to have to be too scared of relegation, but they are making me reconsider.
on the 27th July, 2012 at 2:18pm
The appalling treatment of Cassano (next to Pirlo, the most gifted midfielder in Italy) and the sale of Pazzani, told Doria fans all they needed to know about how much the Garrones know about football. So why should it come as a surprise that they are now getting rid of two such excellent and experienced players they will surely need next year?

The Garrone family don't just press the self-destruct button, they smash it till their hands break! - sadly, my beloved Sampdoria along with it!
on the 27th July, 2012 at 12:04pm
The Garrone family have been trying to force Palombo out for a while and likewise with Poli. They try to use diplomatic words but the truth is that they want to get any amount of money possible for them, even if it is only 5 euro cents!

Even though Samp fans in Genoa love him, Palombo's time has ended. Ferrara will try to bring younger players. Poli can still be an asset but he needs to play regularly, like he did under Del Neri. Obiang is another promising midfielder who Poli can work with.
on the 27th July, 2012 at 6:44am
Agrees. This makes no sense. They buy high and sell low? They develop talent (Poli) only to abandon it just as it bears fruit? Their most dogged and experienced midfielder (Palombo) couldn't help them avoid relegation trouble?

How the Garrone family made fortunes in business is beyond me, and beyond common sense.
on the 26th July, 2012 at 4:57pm
To most Samp fans,it is common knowledge that the Garrones have not been making sensible footballing decisions to help the club progress, at least on the pitch. From the sales of Pazzini and Cassano, to the appointments of various coaches that failed to help Samp (until the appointment of Iachini), then the inexplicable decision to axe Iachini after he motivated Samp to a return to Serie A and a clause in his contract that "guaranteed" Iachini at least a season in Serie A ...the list goes on.
on the 26th July, 2012 at 4:28pm
Palombo is not very good just an avarage player for club and country. He should go to a side like Fiorentina or Lazio where he will play but im sure the lure of Juventus B team may light up his eyes. Poli is poor he will have a career that no body cares about much like Francesco Coco. There is a reason Samp dont want them both.
on the 26th July, 2012 at 2:56pm
Poli would be a good addition to the Milan midfield. He could learn a lot from Ambrosini and would fit Allegris system well. He's far more robust and physical than Montolivo/Pirlo who he's been likened too.

Palombo would be a very good acquisition for Fiorentina in my opinion. A trio of Lazzari, Palombo and Olivera would be good.
on the 26th July, 2012 at 1:23pm

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