Parma’s top squad may well be ransacked this summer transfer window as their key players look to other clubs.
Despite finishing sixth in the league, UEFA refused to grant the crociati a licence for European competition due to claims of murky accounting. The subsequent internal unrest is driving away the club’s biggest names.
According to Tuttosport, Marco Parolo and Gabriel Paletta are the targets of a swoop by Lazio, who are determined to regain their spot in the greats of Europe.
What’s more, although they only yesterday settled full ownership of Jonathan Biabiany, the French winger is just one step away from a move to Inter. Even veteran striker Antonio Cassano may leave, after only one season with the club.
The double blow – the club’s Europa League disqualification and the players’ synchronised exodus – comes at a time when things were looking up for the Emilians.
A 15-match undefeated streak (8W, 7D) saw them surge up the Serie A table to grab their first top-six finish since 2007. Cassano in particular cut an inspiring figure up front, scoring 12 and assisting eight.
Now, on top of the president’s protest resignation, Parma has also become a victim of Prandellification (see Editorials).
A notoriously unpredictable side that can vascillate from top-four contenders to relegation fighters within half a season, it will be interesting to see how the crociati fare next season – and to see if they can make the most of a market window which so far has not been all to kind to them.