Tuesday June 5 2012
Gilardino and Merkel untouchable

Genoa have made it clear that they will not consider any offers for Alberto Gilardino or Alexander Merkel.

The striker’s future is far from certain after a difficult first six months at Marassi, while Roma are keen on the young German.

“There are untouchable players on the transfer market in this squad,” Rossoblu CEO Pietro Lo Monaco has underlined. “Players such as Gilardino and Merkel.”

Gilardino moved to Genoa in January when an €8m fee was agreed with Fiorentina. The Italian international, now 29, scored just four goals in 14 games with the Grifone.

Meanwhile, the 20-year-old is now totally owned by Genoa after the club handed Stephan El Shaarawy’s full ownership to Milan.

Merkel started this term at Marassi and impressed before the Diavolo took him back in January to ease their injury crisis.

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