Tuesday, 29 January 2008

[Mercato] Palermo win De Melo battle

Parma have handed contested striker Tulio De Melo over to Palermo, but have brought in their lawyers "to avoid a sanction."

The chaotic situation over the striker seems to have been resolved with negotiations between the two clubs.

Both Parma and Palermo stated that the Le Mans star De Melo had signed for them and the Gialloblu registered the deal with the Lega Calcio earlier this month.

However, President Tommaso Ghirardi has now announced the player will not be at the Stadio Tardini this term.

"The striker will play with Palermo this season, but his contract is in a co-ownership agreement with us," commented the Parma patron.

"Now we hand the case over to our lawyers, who are working in an attempt to avoid a sanction."

It is still unclear whether or not De Melo will face a FIFA ban for agreeing deals with two different sides, or if Palermo will pay a transfer fee to Parma for backing out.

"If he had gone to the Rosanero on a permanent move, then we could have discussed that, but in this way things change," added Ghirardi.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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