It has long been thought in Italy that Palermo’s Brazillian-born, nearly-Italian striker Amauri Carvalho de Oliveira, fondly known as just Amarui, will be on his way this summer. It is only rival in the “it’s given” stakes has been that he’d be on his way to Turin. Juventus have publically stated their admiration for the striker and it is thought Palermo and ‘The Old Lady’ have an agreement in principal already.
Yet, word from Sicily is that Arsenal’s interest could make them rethink the deal.
Juventus are rumoured to have offered around €10million (£7.9million) and two players, with a wage package of under €3million, to bring Amauri to Turin. However, the Gunners are willing to part with €20million (£15.8 million) and over €4million a season to secure his signature, a bid which is closer to Palermo chairman Maurizio Zamparini’s €25 million valuation.
Amauri may be swayed by the offer of more money, yet as Gazetta journalist Carlo Laudisa says:
They’re not giving up in Turin. Until Amauri receives his Italian passport, he can’t go to England.
Laudisa speaks the truth as Amauri, despite being 27, has not been capped by Brazil as of yet and would not have a chance of receiving a work permit to play in England.
However, he soon qualifies for Italian citizenship and this would open the doors for a move to the Emirates. It would also open the doors for an international career with the Azzuri, something which coach Roberto Donadoni has talked about. But Brazil coach Dunga has also made noises about a possible call-up.
It seems the war for Amauri is being fought by club AND country.