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Balzaretti edging closer to Roma deal

Palermo have moved to confirm reports that full-back Federico Balzaretti is on the verge of signing for Roma.

The player who largely impressed at the 2012 European Championship earlier stated that he would choose between Palermo and PSG this summer, but the French side have since dropped out of the picture.

Meanwhile, Napoli and Roma have expressed their interest in signing the highly-rated full-back and Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini admits the player could end up at Roma.

“The situation is still in stasis. I spoke to the player and he is a little embarrassed at all the attention,” Zamparini told Radio Radio.

“I made him an important proposal for a three-year contract at the highest wages Palermo can offer. Now we have to wait for him to decide.

“What are the chances? In my view it’s 45 per cent Palermo, 45 per cent Roma and only 10 per cent Napoli. If it were up to me, it’d be 90 per cent staying with us.”

It appears the player had made his mind on joining Roma and Zamparini explains that the Giallorossi are close to wrapping up the deal.

“Roma are very close. Walter Sabatini worked very hard, while he was the one who brought Balzaretti to Palermo in the first place and has always admired the player. He knows him well.”

Balzaretti has developed into one of the best left-backs in Italy during his time at Renzo Barbera and he is now set to cash in on some impressive displays at the Euro 2012.

The experienced defender featured in four games for the Azzurri at the tournament finals and helped the side finish as runners-up in Poland and Ukraine despite the fact they had been written off even before the tournament started.

Tue 31 July, 2012
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