Sunday July 17 2011
Genoa 'protect' Eduardo via Benfica

Genoa confirmed Eduardo heading to Benfica “to protect him from being bombarded by criticism.”

There were big question marks over the error-prone shot-stopper and he seems to be on the way out.

Eduardo is not even on the list of players leaving for a pre-season training camp on July 17 in Neustift, Austria.

“Benfica have asked for Eduardo and we're ready to send him there on loan for a year,” said President Enrico Preziosi.

“There will be no players in exchange from the Portuguese side. I am convinced Eduardo is a good goalkeeper, but I decided he'd be best somewhere else for a year to avoid being bombarded with criticism at the slightest mistake.

“We are looking for a new goalkeeper, but there is no rush, as don't forget we've got Alessio Scarpi and Cristiano Lupatelli too.”

Genoa have been heavily linked with Emiliano Viviano and could offer Rodrigo Palacio to Inter in exchange.

“We do like the Inter goalkeeper and he is our first choice, but we won't make such a swap deal. They are different players.

“We also like Marco Storari and I've already talked it over with Juventus, just as I find Amauri interesting, but before any decisions I have to discuss the matter with our Coach, Alberto Malesani.”

Preziosi confirmed Genoa have agreed a deal with Bologna for Robert Acquafresca, so now he must sort out personal terms with the Stadio Dall'Ara side.

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