Zamparini: Alvarez off to Inter

Zamparini was the man who revealed last week that Arsenal were set

to win the race for the Velez Sarsfield midfielder. Palermo had

also been bidding for Alvarez, which seemingly gave Zamparini his

insight and now he claims that he knows Inter’s late bid for the

player will be successful. “We were close to signing [Ricky]

Alvarez for half the price they will now pay for him but my

colleagues took it easy and no agreement was reached,” Zamparini

bemoaned to Sky Italia. “Where he will go? He was going to sign for

Arsenal but Inter Milan made a move and that is where I believe he

will go.” Velez have now confirmed that a number of clubs are keen

on him and they name Roma, as well as Inter and Arsenal. “Ricky

Alvarez could be in England or Italy, because we are negotiating

with several clubs in those countries,” said Velez chief Fernando

Raffaini. “Until it is signed, nothing is confirmed, but many clubs

are interested: Inter, Roma and Arsenal, for example.”