NEWS
Thursday September 1 2011
Parma always wanted Floccari

Parma's Pietro Leonardi confirmed that it was always the club's intention to sign Sergio Floccari from Lazio.

The Emilia-Romagna side only secured the striker in the closing stages of the summer transfer window yesterday, but sporting director Leonardi insisted he was always the Gialloblu's first-choice forward.

Secured on a €1.5m 12-month loan, with the right to purchase next summer for €5.5m, Floccari's transfer represents a €1m drop in his valuation, after Lazio paid €8m for his services a year ago.

The move is also a surprise inasmuch as Floccari had in June just extended his Aquile contract to 2016.

Parma were heavily linked with re-signing Amauri from Juventus, after his successful six-month loan spell during the second half of 2010-11, but the Brazilian-born, transfer-listed striker instead opted to remain in Turin.

Leonardi told the Corriere dello Sport: "Although I had strongly denied it, Floccari was for me, the priority right from the beginning.

"We waited until 31 August to complete the deal because we wanted to find a suitable way to buy him."

The sporting director confirmed that Floccari's arrival was made possible by Fabio Borini's surprise loan switch to Roma. That deal is believed to have brought in an initial €1.7m fee for the former Swansea player to spend 2011-12 on loan at the Olimpico, as well as carrying a €8.5m figure for the Giallorossi to make the transfer permanent.

Leonardi also suggested that as a second striker, Borini may not have seen a great deal of playing time this season at Parma under Franco Colomba, who will be fielding Sebastian Giovinco in that position.

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