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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 July 2006, 00:17 GMT 01:17 UK
Bargain hunt
Players who might leave Serie A
Substitutes: Dida (Milan), Cafu (Milan), Del Piero (Juve), Nedved (Juve), Trezeguet (Juve)
Just days after being crowned world champions, Italian football faces losing many of its star players following the verdict of the biggest sporting trial in the nation's history.

For their part in the match-fixing scandal, Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina were relegated to Serie B while AC Milan remain in Serie A but begin the season with a 15-point penalty.

Juve, Fiorentina and Milan were thrown out of the Champions League for the 2006-2007 season.

That has alerted Premiership big-spenders like Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, along with La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, who are ready to swoop like vultures to pick up some easy prey.

Real have already signed the Juventus pair of Fabio Cannavaro and Emerson. Will that be the end to their raid on the Italian clubs?

BBC Sport looks at some of the other stars up for grabs.


Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Age: 28, Price: 13m
Underlined his position as the world's best keeper at the World Cup by conceding just once in six games. Became the world's most expensive goalkeeper when Juve paid Parma 33m for his services in 2001
Possible destinations: Arsenal, Inter Milan, Real Madrid

Dida (32) AC Milan and Brazil
Angelo Peruzzi (36) Lazio and Italy


Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan)
Age: 30, Price: 12m
Italy's number 13 has been unlucky to miss out on the latter stages of the finals after picking up an injury against the Czech Republic. When fit he is a fixture of the Italian backline and one of the toughest defenders in world football.
Possible destination: AC Milan have issued a statement that pledges none of their star players will be leaving. Chelsea will monitor the situation.

Gianluca Zambrotta (Juventus)
Age: 29, Price: ?
Another star of Italy's World Cup campaign, Zambrotta is equally capable of performing on either wing in defence or attack. With his best years ahead of him he is unlikely to spend them in Serie B.
Possible destinations: Is keen to stay in Italy, but Real Madrid have already bid 20.5m for him plus team-mates Fabio Cannavaro and Emerson. AC Milan and Chelsea are waiting in the wings.

Lilian Thuram (Juventus)
Age: 34, Price: 2m
From a marauding full-back in his heyday, Thuram is more often than not used as a calm and collected centre-half these days. He showed at the World Cup he can still perform at the highest level - and would be a bargain.
Possible destinations: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham, Monaco

Cafu (36) AC Milan and Brazil
Massimo Oddo (30) Lazio and Italy
Tomas Ujfalusi (28) Fiorentina and Czech Republic


Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan)
Age: 28, Price: 10m
The defensive lynchpin of the Italian midfield. Strong in the tackle and a leader on and off the field, the one-time Rangers star has pledged to stick with Milan.
Possible destination: Agent insists Gattuso is happy at Milan, and they say their players are going nowhere.

Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan)
Age: 27, Price: 25m
The artist in the Italian side enjoyed a superb World Cup. A creator and scorer of goals, there will be no shortage of suitors although as Milan escaped relegation he may be persuaded to stay and his price tag is prohibitive.
Possible destinations: Arsenal

Kaka (AC Milan)
Age: 24, Price: 30m
One of the few Brazilians to emerge from the World Cup with some credit. The Milan playmaker and one-time Chelsea target pushed Ronaldinho to the sidelines to emerge as their key man.
Possible destinations: Real Madrid

Patrick Vieira (Juventus)
Age: 30, Price: ?
Answered questions about his fading engine with some driving displays at the heart of a France side who rolled back the years in Germany.
Possible destinations: Inter Milan, Manchester United, Arsenal, Roma, Real Madrid

Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus)
Age: 29, Price: ?
The Argentine-born winger is another of Italy's World Cup winners. A superb crosser of the ball, the only question mark over Camoranesi is his temperament - he was sent off against Arsenal last season
Possible destinations: Inter Milan, Liverpool

Alessandro del Piero (Juventus)
Age: 31, Price: ?
The Italy World Cup star has told Juventus sporting director Alessio Secco that he wants to stay with the club, despite their relegation into Serie B.

Pavel Nedved (Juventus)
Age: 33, Price: ?
The 90-cap Czech Republic star was reportedly the target of Premiership side Tottenham but has also stated his intention to stay with relegated Juventus.


Luca Toni (Fiorentina)
Age: 29, Price: 15m
The first player for nearly 50 years to score 30 goals in Serie A took his time to get going at the World Cup, before two against Ukraine in the quarter-finals. At 29 this could be the big striker's last chance to move to one of the world's top clubs.
Possible destinations: Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Manchester United

David Trezeguet (Juventus)
Age: 28, Price: 4m
Trezeguet was a peripheral figure in France's run to the World Cup final, but he has always been a reliable goalscorer in Serie A
Possible destinations: Lyon, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Juventus)
Age: 24, Price: ?
Often fails to live up to his billing as one of the world's top strikers and the Sweden player was off-form and injured for the duration of the finals. But the 24-year-old's ability and goal record means there are plenty of admirers out there.
Possible destinations: Inter Milan, Liverpool

Alberto Gilardino (24) AC Milan and Italy
Filippo Inzaghi (32) AC Milan and Italy

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