Zarate move fears as Italians move in

Zarate actionClaretandHugh has established that £5-£6 million rated Mauro Zarate could be ready to seek a move – perhaps as early as January – if he doesn’t get more game time.

The Argentine striker is becoming increasingly frustrated at his limited cameo appearances and wants the chance to impress the manager.

Club insiders are aware of the player’s feelings and hope that he can be accommodated into the team regularly as – “at the very least an impact sub.”

And one very well placed source told us: “Unless he gets game time, like  any player he could be looking for a move – perhaps even   in January .

“He’s  under a watertight contract with no escape clauses and we hope against hope he can be kept happy one way or another.

“But he’s a top professional and wants to play. Goes without saying. It’s hard to hold on to a player should he become really unhappy.

“We all know  he’s a highly talented operator but he appears to be having a difficult time establishing himself in the regular first team thinking.

“There’s a possibility of course that should we collect more and more points by Christmas and get safer he may get his chances in an even more adventurous formation. If not we could see difficulties.”

The club has a £5-£6 million valuation on the player and we have had it on solid  authority that several top clubs in Italy are keen.




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7 comments on “Zarate move fears as Italians move in

  1. For the reasons I just said below I hope he stays but you have to say a £6M profit on a player that cost nothing represents great business. I hope we keep him for at least the whole season as a result of the African Cup after all he will still be worth £6M next summer.

  2. Rather see Zarate stay and with a decent manager he could be a real star.

  3. He struggled with fitness at the beginning of the season but looked good on Saturday – it would have been more sensible to have started him with Caroll.

    Having Carroll up on his own does not work it’s pointless, it’s about time BFS learnt this!

  4. It would be a great loss and only one person should be held accountable if Zarate goes.

  5. All good sides need 4 strikers to choose from, we are very lucky to have Valencia (8matches) Sakho (7) Zarate (4) and AC (2) so I don’t think the club will let Zarate go anywhere in January. So he won’t be to blame for anything in January other than perhaps being in the top 6 of the Premiership.

  6. Point is professionals wanna play and in their preferred position.he has previous on this and being entirely cynical , 5 million is pragmatic if allardyce ain’t gonna play him

  7. Hugh see above he has started 4 times, 3 times less than Sakho, 4 less than Valencia. I think it’s a non issue, I bet end of season he will have similar game time as the other 3 strikers.

    Ditto Collins, Tonks and Winston.

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