Cesare Bovo’s career has taken its fair share of twists and turns. It usually happens that after having a season of consistency, he moves on to another club only to initially disappoint. However when given time Bovo can produce the consistency required to be an excellent player, as was evident last season with Palermo. At this moment in time it appears Palermo are close to completing the acquisition of Matias Silvestre from local rivals Catania, which has brought Bovo’s Rosanero future into serious question. The two fore-runners rumoured to be interested in Bovo are intriguingly those of clubs he has already represented.
Back in June, it was reported that Roma were interested in obtaining Bovo’s signature. Bovo’s connection to i Giallorossi is strong, as it is the club where he began his career and while he spent time at the club in the first team, it was not the best of experiences for him. As a result a move back to the Stadio Olimpico may be of interest as Bovo may be looking to prove that the club were wrong to get rid of him as they have done on two previous occasions in his career. La Maggica are undergoing something of a personality transplant at the moment with a new owner and a new Coach, and while Bovo would be a familiar face to some, the freshness around the club and the attached excitement of a new project may prove to be alluring for the centre-back.
Another name from his past who are believed to be interested in securing his services is that of Parma. After last season’s bumpy ride that eventually resulted in safety, i Ducali are looking to push on this season and aim towards the Europa League and on the back of Bovo’s personally excellent season with Palermo, he would seem ideal for them in their pursuit of these ambitions. Bovo spent a solitary season at Parma on loan from Roma but played an integral role. The 2004-05 season is not one that many Parma tifosi look back on with great fondness but Bovo as an individual was impressive, and while Parma may be a work-in-progress, Bovo would know that first team football would be practically guaranteed should he move to i Gialloblu.
Of course, there may well be other suitors looking to snap up Bovo but Roma and Parma are the two teams that appear to be most likely possible destinations. His familiarity with the clubs would mean that a spell of adaptation to new surroundings may not be as necessary as it has been previously in Bovo’s career, and therefore Bovo would be able to build on the fine campaign he had with Palermo last season. It could well be that Palermo may look to keep hold of him but signs are pointing to a strong possibility of a move and it could turn out to be that going back to a former stomping ground might be just what Bovo needs to push his game on to a higher level.