According to sources in Italy, Inter Milan striker Adriano may make a surprise loan move to fellow Italians’ Sampdoria this season.
Adriano already spent the majority of last season on loan at Sao Paulo, and impressed during his time at the Brazilian side. However, like the rest of his playing career, Adriano’s time at Sao Paulo was not without its controversies.
According to Inter owner Massimo Moratti, Adriano was sent to Brazil in order to tackle his problems with alcoholism and his physical fitness. However whilst at Sao Paulo Adriano was suspended for head-butting an opponent, and according to director Marco Cunha “he left the training ground because he wanted to”, after turning up late to a training session and being fined for doing so.
(Not) Surprisingly enough this is not the first time Adriano has had problems with his attitude, and in early 2007 the Brazilian skipped an Inter training session due to lengthy birthday celebrations, which led the striker being benched by Roberto Mancini for the next few games.
Despite his numerous controversies there is no doubting Adriano’s technical ability, and he will be seen as a major coup for Italian side Sampdoria, who have already transformed on-loan striker Antonio Cassano.
Adriano, 26, has scored 27 times in 41 appearances for Brazil and his prolific form continues in club football, where he has scored 77 times in 149 appearances in Italy.
Goal.com claims that Italy is Adriano’s preferred destination, and it is possible that the Brazilian may join up with Cassano at Sampdoria, creating one of the most formidable strike-forces in the country.
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