It is understood that Feyenoord are willing to cash in on top scorer Graziano Pellè after his latest misbehaviour. Which may make a flurry of Premier League and Serie A clubs vie for the striker’s signature.
Pellè has been in prolific form ever since his permanent transfer from Parma in 2013 netting twenty goals in 24 appearances in Eredivisie so far this campaign. Also, last season, the Italian netted 25 times while on loan from Parma and made the move to the Netherlands permanent in the summer for a reported €3 million.
However, the relationship between player and the Rotterdam club have turned sour and Voetbal international report that Feyenoord director Martin van Gaal is evaluating whether to sell their star striker after a series of negative incidents cast doubts over his temperament.
The striker was recently stripped of the captaincy after he appeared to throw an elbow at Ajax defender Joel Veltman in Feyenoord’s 2-1 loss in De Klassieker two weeks ago. In the post match interview, he insulted Fox Sports reporter Jan Joost van Gangelen and stated that he was an Ajax fan and he had “the face of an Ajax supporter”.
News of a potential sale will alert the likes of West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United and also many clubs back in Italy, who were reported to have been tracking Pellè in the winter transfer window.
The news that new Feyenoord manager next season, Fred Rutten, will have to sell first if he wishes to strengthen the squad for next year’s Eredivisie campaign may mean it’s more likely that Pellè will be on his way.
It would make sense that a 28-year-old would be moved on, rather than sell young talent like Jordy Clasie, Bruno Martins Indi or Jean-Paul Boëtius, whom they may be able to cash in for more profits in future years.
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