Sunday July 29 2012
Balzaretti 'has chosen Roma'

Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini warns “Roma have to improve their offer” for Federico Balzaretti to €5m after the left-back chose them ahead of Napoli and Milan.

This week the Sicilians had confirmed Napoli provided the highest bid for 31-year-old Balzaretti, but it is now reported the player would prefer an Olimpico switch instead.

“The interest from Roma is the most intense,” President Zamparini told Radio Radio.

“Recently Juventus also stepped forward, but we’ll see what happens. Federico told me if he had to choose a city to live in, then Rome would be fantastic.

“However, Roma have to improve their offer and at least match that of Napoli. That means reaching €5m cash with no player exchanges involved.

“We can take several options into consideration, such as a paid loan or a permanent transfer with payments spread out.”

Zamparini also confirmed that Milan have stepped forward, hoping for a cheap swoop like the one that brought Antonio Nocerino to San Siro last summer for €500,000.

“Milan have come forward and want a Nocerino-style deal, but there’s no chance. Balzaretti is not Nocerino.”