Word on the streets this morning is that, despite their prior asking price of 3 Million Euros, Catania will not allow Vincenzo Montella to break his contract and head to Roma, according to Catania President Antonio Pulvirenti:
"Montella has repeatedly told me he has a weakness for the Giallorossi, but he knows perfectly well that he signed a contract.
"I received a phone call at the start of the week from Roma and I told them at this moment I am not taking into consideration the idea of giving away my Coach.
Pulvirenti, while fervent in his desire to keep Montella to his word, admits that "things can change."
So do Baldini and Sabatini continue to negotiate Montella's release or do they look towards a certain former Chelsea man?
Well, it might not be so simple...
Andre Villas Boas has been a hot name amongst European managers for a few years now, as Chelsea snatched him from the grasp of such heavyweights as Bayern Munich, Juventus and Inter Milan. After a tumultuous season at Chelsea, he was, depending on who you spoke with, Roma's top choice for the 2011-2012 season. He may very well be the top choice for 2012-2013.
The problem is that AVB is, once again, a hot commodity. Liverpool are reportedly after his signature as well. The Roma-Liverpool dynamic is shaping up to be an interesting one, given that both clubs owners have shared stakes in the Boston Red Sox. In addition to competing on pitch this July, the two clubs also appear to be tangling for not only for the managerial expertise of AVB, but the virtually untapped and potentially limitless potential of Bojan; as reports from his father claim that an English club, presumably Liverpool, are interested in his son. While that rumor appears to have limited credence, it could portend a contentious summer between Roma and Liverpool.
There can be no contention, however, that Roma are in dire need of reinforcements this summer, particularly in defense. It's hard enough to lure players to your club, let alone when you have no manager.
On the other hand, AVB, who has no club, is already scouting players, having recently spent time in Brazil. He will also reportedly be attending Euro 2012 to examine further potential signings.
Say what you will about his time at Chelsea, he is not resting on his laurels and appears hell-bent on proving his critics wrong. A man with his experience, vision and, apparently, drive would surely be a wise hire for anyone.
As the carousel continues to spin, we are left to ask, will Montella's love for Roma triumph over Baldini's admiration for AVB?
Whatever answer may be, it needs to come quick.
Roma are now being connected with a potential signing of Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina, currently priced at €30M. I suppose this could qualify as the "big signing" we were promised several months ago. Stay tuned.