When your club is owned by three men whose wealth is thought to be worth a combined Â£30 billion, QPR fans could be forgiven for thinking that their club would be splashing the cash this summer.
QPR may be favourites with the bookies to win the Championship this season but they haven’t spent much this summer. Peter Ramage and Radek Cerny, two players with Premier League experience, have joined on free transfers and young largely unknown Italian players Samuel Di Carmine, Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma and Matteo Alberti will also be playing for the Superhoops next season. Ledesma and Carmine have joined on loan with an undisclosed fee paid for Alberti.
But, it is the contacts of joint-owner Flavio Briatore that could make all the difference. The Italian has outlined his vision saying “I obviously have very good links with Real Madrid, but also with AC Milan, Juventus and other top clubs. A lot of the time in England people just go for the same players. You often have five or six managers watching the same player – it’s a very closed country. What we will try to do is open out eyes and work with the likes of Real Madrid, AC Milan and Juventus. We aren’t looking only in the UK.”
Which brings us to Dani Parejo. The highly rated Real Madrid starlet who was allegedly of interest to Arsenal (who were rumoured to be willing to pay Â£10million for Parejo) and Barcelona, has joined QPR on loan for two years. And there seems little doubt that he has the talent to make a major impact on the Championship, last season he scored 10 goals in 33 games for Castilla in the Spanish second division.
Parejo scored the winning goal for Real Madrid in their 2-1 win over Hamburg at the Emirates Cup on Saturday but he is much more famous in his home country for the goal that won the Under-19 European Championship in June 2007. Parejo’s cheeky free-kick winner against Greece in the final can be seen here and video compilations of the Spaniard can be seen here and here.
Young gifted loan signings from big clubs on the continent seems to be the way forward for QPR and if Briatore can bag more players like Parejo it won’t be long before we see QPR back in the big time and then maybe Bernie Ecclestone, Lakshmi Mittal and Briatore will open their rather large wallets.