When the giants come calling, there will be nothing Udinese can do to keep their star asset, Fabio Quagliarella, at the club. Man Utd and Milan already expressed an interest in the player during the summer... but for now, he stays at Udinese.
Last season, many regarded Fabio Quagliarella as one of the success stories in Serie A. Quagliarella was given freedom to play the football that he knew how to play, and as Sampdoria's general manager put it, "We gave him the space to be himself. There was no pressure, no expectations."
Torino took the player on as a youngster, before Fiorentina gave him his chance. Chieti also gave him a go, and he responded with 17 goals. Torino could not keep the player, who had began to impress.
It took Quagliarella quite a while to get going, but several clubs knew the potential of this player from a young age. When Ascoli picked up the youngster, he bagged three goals. Even still, they had no place for the diminutive striker, and Sampdoria and Udinese signed him in a co-ownership agreement.
Last season, Sampdoria finally got the best out of him. He rewarded their patience with 14 goals. They then got their financial gain as they sold their half of his registration to Udinese, who took full ownership of the forward.
An impressive season with Udinese brought Quagliarella to say, "For me, the key to success this season has been continuity. If I am going to continue to improve, I need to play regularly. Otherwise, all the sacrifice will have been for nothing.
"Of course, I would like one day to be playing for Europe's biggest trophies. But for now, I was happy in Genoa [with Sampdoria] and I will be happy in Udine."
Media pressure lead to Quagliarella getting a chance with the Azzurri. Donadoni gave him his big break in a Euro 2008 qualifier with Lithuania. His faith was rewarded as Fabio bagged two goals and looked the part.
"He had an excellent game this evening. It was great to see Fabio score two goals of such emphatic quality." recalled an ecstatic Donadoni when speaking of his performance.
The giants will come calling, and Quagliarella is likely to want to move on. But for now, he is at Udinese. Iaquinta did his part ion Udinese before; he has now moved to Juventus. Could such a similar move surface for the ever improving Quagliarella?
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