Date: 9th June 2009 at 12:13pm
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The name Tranquillo Barnetta should not really be new to Pompey fans, well certainly fans of Vital Pompey for sure as we have often discussed the Swiss midfielder in the forums…

Anyway the 24-year-old, who is ‘said’ to have rejected a move to Fratton in January, has now told SI – some form of German or Swiss media outlet no doubt? – that he ‘would like to play in the Premier League, the club is aware of that,’ the club being Bayer Leverkusen – his current club.

He is not in a hurry to make any move though and seems prepared to explore every option put to him: ‘I think a move to a different country would suit me fine. There are a few options, but it is not going to be a decision to be made at the end of today.

‘I am looking forward to every proposal, I am very cool on those things.’

Clearly whoever does come in as our new manager might have a very different way of thinking on which players we do and do not sign, so ‘links’ to him in January could well mean nothing for this summer – although of course the scouting network that we have in place would, I assume, remain the same so chances are the Swiss international would again be put forward?

If Arsenal move on the ‘interest’ that was meant to have been shown in March then clearly you would expect him to go there, wouldn’t you…

Another name previously strongly ‘linked’ with us in the past is Benfica’s defender Luisao, and he too now says that a move to England appeals to him.

The Brazilian, who looks likely to leave the Portuguese club based on financial reasons – with them apparently needing to sell – is ‘leaning’ towards Citeh from the sounds of it with Robinho ‘said’ to have encouraged him to make the move to the premier league…

Chances are we will be ‘linked’ to both in the media, even if there is no basis to this, but I would be tempted to put more faith in Barnetta actually coming off – plenty seem pretty sure that we may well see the midfielder plying his trade at Fratton next season?

Time will tell I guess…

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