Palermo By The NumbersBy: LorenzoRosanero | September 2nd, 2011
There’s much dismay and consternation in the Rosanero camp these days. With Pioli sacked, the club now has the most “greenest” of coaches around in Devis Mangia and a host of new faces at the club. The season is around the corner and the question marks abound.
Zamparini took to the podium to defend his actions and present proof that he did, indeed, open up his pocketbook over the summer. He presented a list of all sales and acquisitions pertaining to THIS summer’s transfer market.
Here it is:
There are several things to take into account here. First, the sale of Pastore was for €43 million; however, due to the clause in the player’s contract, Palermo only earned €22.8 million as a result.
Second, several of the players in the “Sold” column are out on loan deals. These include Cesare Bovo, Mattia Cassani and Pablo Gonzalez among others.
• Pablo Gonzalez was loaned out to Siena; if Siena is not relegated this year, then the club is obligated to purchase half of Pablo’s contract.
• Cesare Bovo was loaned to Genoa; the club must buy him after the loan for around €4.5 million
• Mattia Cassani went on loan to Fiorentina; however, the club must buy him at season’s end for €5 million
Third, many would remember that Mauro Cetto was bought at “parametro zero” or on a free transfer because his contract expired with Toulouse. While that’s true, the figure next to Cetto’s name shows a fee of €450k. Why? Well, Palermo had to purchase the rights from his agency, USM Group, thus explaining the price.
Finally, there are no figures for Edinson Cavani in this list because the sale does not come into play for the summer transfer list. Cavani’s loan and subsequent purchase was for €5 million initially, followed by €12 million spread out over the next four years (€3 million each year). The numbers provided in the graphic above simply list all the deals that took place this summer (the money for Gonzalez was put forth this summer, despite agreeing to terms back in January).
It’s always disheartening to see certain figures and expect more (i.e. Nocerino for €500k), but this is how Palermo has operated and continues to do so. It’d probably be worth revisiting the excellent look at the finances by The Swiss Ramble on Palermo to show just how well the club is run from a numbers perspective.
As fans, though, we expect more and often times the desires of the fans contradict the plans of the team. Is it better to spend a lot of money spread across many young, unknown players (Abel Hernandez, Ilicic, Cavani, etc.)? Or would it be better to buy “proven players” for higher sums? There are always risks involved no matter what. This is not a defence nor a criticism of the methods involved. Rather, it’s an unbiased look of the club’s latest transfer window from a strictly monetary perspective.
FORZA PALERMO SEMPRE!
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