Well, it pays to have an attention-grabbing headline. No, the Internazionale striker hasn’t decided to pack in his Italian career in order to help the Aurinegro out with their relegation battle. But his little brother, the generous soul, has done exactly that. David Solari becomes Olimpo’s first summer reinforcement. League champions Lanús, meanwhile, are still hoping to hang on to what they’ve got…
Solari junior rose through the Independiente youth ranks a couple of years ago before being transferred to Venezia and from there to Chioggia Sottomarina of Italy’s Serie D. Finding Europe less accomodating than expected at the age of just 20, though, he’s come home and now joins Olimpo to help their playoff battle. In an interview with Olé in 2007 he described himself as a forward who likes to cut in from wide positions, though he didn’t at that time mind playing more centrally if required. What he does right now, of course, is of more relevance to the Bahía Blanca club.
Lanús, meanwhile, still haven’t sold Diego Valeri to anyone, but it’s looking more and more like David Solari’s elder brother will be one of his new team-mates at Inter. Valeri’s got a tough life at the moment: aged 21, he’d just married his girlfriend of seven years (‘I know I’m young but] it makes no difference to me whether I marry her now or in ten years’ time, because I know she’s the woman of my life’), and then Javier Zanetti, the captain of the Italian champions, invited Valeri to play on his side in a charity match he’d set up, and took the playmaker to one side to inform him that he’d recommended him to club president Massimo Moratti.
‘Like the majority of this squad, I’d love to play in the Copa Libertadores with Lanús,’ Valeri enthused on Friday. ‘Fundamentally, because it means something unique that the club has never managed before. What’s more this squad, with Ramón [Cabrero] at the head, has claimed an historical place at the club, having qualified twice running for the Copa Sudamericana. And now we’ve got the chance to do something at an international level as well as domestically. That point was a huge attraction in keeping me at Lanús.’
It seems, then, that Valeri’s staying for now, at least provided he has a say in the matter (because if Inter or any other European side make them a financial offer they can’t refuse, the club will simply have to accept), and seems to be setting his sights on moving to Europe at the end of our northern-hemisphere season rather than during the January window. He accepts, however, that if a concrete offer came in from a huge European club before then, he’d be a fool not to consider it at least. For now, though, he seems content to believe the words Zanetti impressed upon him during their brief chat: ‘Some day, our paths are going to cross in Europe…’