Injury could scupper Barnetta

Barnetta has been strongly linked with a move to Newcastle, whilst

Wigan and Sunderland are also thought to have an interest. However,

speaking exclusively to skysports.com, his agent Franco Moretti has

confirmed that Barnetta picked up an injury this week. “It is

unfortunate but Tranquilo picked up an injury this week, which

means he is not even thinking about moving,” he said. “It is a

muscle injury which could rule him out for three weeks, so at the

moment his only concern is about getting fit.” There has been

confusion about Barnetta’s representation, but Moretti confirmed

that he had held talks with Newcastle and that everything was going

well. “Newcastle acted properly throughout, we know somebody was

claiming things they should not have been, but we wanted to make

sure everyone was aware that the club did everything they should,”

he continued. “Newcastle, and other clubs we have been talking to,

have been very good with us. “But at the moment a deal is not in

the offing, although in football you never know – it all depends on

how quickly Tranquilo recovers, it could still happen – but we will

have to wait and see.”