Date: 24th June 2011 at 6:32pm
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The president of Serie A side, Palermo, claims his club have been beaten to the signing of Argentine player, Ricardo Alvarez by the mighty Gunners.

Maurizio Zamparini claimed he thought his team were in with a decent shout of signing Alvarez from Vélez Sársfield only to be pipped by Arsene Wenger`s Arsenal.

‘We did have a concrete bid for Alvarez and had him in our grasp back in January,’ he told Radio Kiss Kiss.

‘Unfortunately, we didn’t complete the move in time, so we lost him to Arsenal. At this moment he has already signed for the Gunners.’

If this turns out to be true I can`t be sure how I feel about it, as I know little, to eff all about this player. You keep seeing “highly rated” plastered about everywhere, but they said that about Francis Jeffers, so if and when this materialises, I`ll reserve my opinion for when I see him play.

In the mean time if any VA members have the skinny on Alvarez, please do post your thoughts in the comments section. Ta.