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The Ruins of Parma: Inter may attempt to salvage young striker

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The Nerazzurri are reportedly tracking a 19-year-old striker named Alberto Cerri who played last season on loan from Parma with Serie B side Lanciano.

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For those of you who may still be wondering, Parma F.C. as calcio fans once knew it is officially dead (R.I.P.). Any casual Serie A follower was well aware of the club's mammoth financial struggles this season.

The club declared bankruptcy in March, and since the end of the season no offer has been made to buy the club. (There were more than just rumors of an ownership group led by American baseball legend Mike Piazza, but alas! - that dream never became a reality for "Pepperoni" Piazza or Parma.)

Unfortunately for the Gialloblu, this means their situation is much more dire than mere relegation. Due to the club's insurmountable debt and inability to sell, Parma were unable to register for Serie B for the 2015-16 season. This means that the club (if it still exists next season) will have to start all over in Serie D (the top tier for non-professional football in Italy).

Naturally, virtually all of Parma's players are being sold to other clubs all over Europe, with some walking as free agents. Sempre Inter has shared a bit of information from TuttoSport, which claims that Juventus are closing in on Jose Mauri, a young midfielder who many calcio fans consider to be one of Parma's most creative and valuable players.

According to that same article, Inter may also be interested in salvaging another young talent from what I have dubbed the "The Ruins of Parma." The Nerazzurri are reportedly tracking a 19-year-old striker named Alberto Cerri who played last season on loan from Parma with Serie B side Lanciano.

I personally don't know much about Cerri, except that he made his debut for Parma at age 16 and that he has represented the Italian national team at the youth level.

What has happened to Parma is very sad indeed, and it's more upsetting that the club's former players must suffer because of the organization's financial mismanagement. Hopefully, the other Serie A and Serie B sides (along with some other European squads) can pick up the slack and offer these (generally) talented individuals another place to play professionally the sport they love.