The transfer window has only been closed for a week now but Premier League clubs are already starting to battle it out for additions to their squad when it opens again in January. Chelsea and Arsenal have both shown interest in bringing in Cagliari goalkeeper Federico Marchetti, who played for Italy at the World Cup in the absence of Gianluigi Buffon.
Marchetti has been looking for a new club over the summer following the increase in his profile after the World Cup, and kicked up a bit of a fuss when he found himself still at Cagliari on 1st September. Marchetti may now find himself being frozen out by the Italian club’s hierarchy, who are upset with comments that the keeper has made in interviews regarding his desire to find a new club. Club president Massimo Cellino has stated:
“I am worried that I cannot use him at Cagliari this season because of what he has said to the media. In football, these stupidities you can pay for, and they can ruin your career at the height of it. I have always considered him a great goalkeeper, but he was unable to find a new home during this transfer season. There is, though, the January transfer market. He will have to train hard, demonstrating to others his qualities because he is a professional.”
Chelsea and Arsenal also face competition, naturally, from Manchester City, who obviously need another goalkeeper in case Joe Hart, Shay Given and Stuart Taylor all get injured at the same time. Arsenal, conversely, may be the most desperate to bring him in, and are probably the only interested club who’d be looking to bring in the Italian as first choice keeper.
Time will tell though, and with Fulham and West Ham also reportedly interested in Marchetti, we could well be seeing him in the Premiership in a few months time.