We all know about the media - in Spain, Brazil, Italy. But players' agents may be even worse.
Take Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi's agent, the boisterous Federico Pastorello. He just visited the Italian-American in Vila-real to check up on his recovery. Rossi is on course to take the field in late April and retain chances of making Cesare Prandelli's Italian Euro 2012 side (Italy 0-1 United States, just saying).
So Wednesday brought a story in Las Provincias. And surprise, surprise: Pastorello says Rossi wants to leave this summer. Why? "Rossi is a champion, and he does not want to be at an unambitious club." One year likely out of Europe, and eight straight go down the drain.
Should Villarreal fans worry about Rossi's impending departure? Of course, but the rumors cannot be as strong as after last season. Il Bambino had an unbelievable 2010-11 campaign, and he was not coming off major surgery, so his market value had to be higher.
But Barcelona is still looking for a striker to complement Lionel Messi and Alexis Sánchez (bye, David Villa). Inter Milan has tons of money and is in the dregs. Juventus and Napoli are in form and may have plenty of cash to throw around, particularly if Edinson Cavani leaves the partenopei. Only time will tell.
For now, we can enjoy rumors of potential Submarino targets. An old name has resurfaced: Swedish striker Ola Toivonen, formerly at Malmo and now with Dutch "giants" PSV Eindhoven.
With Nilmar also under the transfer microscope, Villarreal likely will look for experience up front. Toivonen is an aerial threat at 6'3" and has 22 caps for Sweden. 13 goals in 23 Eredivisie matches this season is nice, but Jozy Altidore at AZ Alkmaar has 9 goals in 20 appearances. Just saying.
Does Rossi leave over the summer? Nilmar? Will we get a mature striker like Toivonen?