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Two Genoa Star On Inter Milan’s Radar As Roma Get Serious For Young Midfielder

Written By Onyeka Daniel

This year’s summer transfer window is already open, but there hasn’t been much movement, in terms of signing. That doesn’t mean that clubs aren’t making any attempts, rather, it’s all about finding the right player, with the right approach and the an acceptable fee for all parties involved, including the agents.

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For newly crowned Serie A champions, there are looking at several targets, but the one area of the team that they intend to strengthen immediately is between the goal. The initial target was Brazilian goalkeeper, Bento, but with his club refusing to back down on his €20m price tag and the reported interest from the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid.


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Hence, Inter are already looking at alternatives. Perhaps it is for this reason that the Nerazzurri are accelerating their pursuit of Genoa goalkeeper Josep Martinez. According to a report from Gazzetta, the Serie A champions have decided that this is the right moment to invest in a keeper for the future. Former Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach veteran Yann Sommer remains a reliable the top choice for Simone Inzaghi for next season.

But Inter want to sign a younger player. That ways, the new arrival can back up Sommer for a season, and then inherit the Swiss’s starting shirt. It should be recalled that Udinese’s Maduka Okoye has also come up as a name on the Nerazzurri’s radar for the role. But according to the Gazzetta, it is Genoa’s Martinez who Inter have really accelerated in their chase of.

The 25-year-old former RB Leipzig keeper has enjoyed an impressive season with Genoa. And the Nerazzurri have identified Martinez as having the right profile, particularly in terms of his age.There have been talks between Inter and Genoa regarding the possibility of signing Martinez. According to the Gazzetta, these talks have gotten more serious in the last day or two.

Inter’s intention is to sign Martinez on a permanent basis right away, rather than on an initial loan deal. Also, the same report has it that Inter also remain very much keen on signing, Albert Gudmundsson from the same club. However, a move for the Icelandic international would be a little more complicated.

Corriere dello Sport reports that Iceland forward is willing to wait for an offer from Inter this summer, despite interest from Tottenham Hotspur, Napoli and Juventus. He was among the best Serie A scorers in 2023-24 and, as he reiterated in recent weeks, is willing to remain in the league. The report also confirmed that some Premier League clubs have also targeted the 26-year-old and that Tottenham have already inquired about him.

Gudmundsson will be waiting for Inter, but the Nerazzurri must sell some of their strikers to afford the Genoa ace.Joaquin Correa is on the market, Marko Arnautovic doesn’t want to leave, and Argentina international Valentin Carboni will start the pre-season with Inter but may go for €35m this summer.

The sale of any of these three players would help Inter raise funds for Gudmundsson, whose price tag exceeds €30m. Genoa President Alberto Zangrillo said last week that he hopes Gudmundsson would “fulfil” his dream this summer. In the case of Martinez, Inter want to make the transfer happen soon. However, with Gudmundsson, they may have to wait a bit longer before getting a deal done.

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Fellow Serie A side, AS Roma would be extremely keen on signing Davide Frattesi should Inter ever opt to cash in on him or if the midfielder wished to depart due to his secondary role. It’s not a very likely scenario, but the Giallorossi would have an advantage in the race, according to a report from Calciomercato.

The former Sassuolo star will face even more competition in the coming seasons. Nicolò Barella isn’t going anywhere, and the Nerazzurri will add Piotr Zielinski. Despite serving as a backup, he still managed to bag 8 goals in 42 games.Inter could end up paying nearly €40M for the talented midfielder considering the formula they agreed upon with the Neroverdi: a €6M initial fee plus a €27M obligation to buy and €5M add-ons.

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They’d need the offers from other teams to exceed the €45M threshold to be economically motivated to sell him. However, the sum would decrease for Roma if they decided to go after Frattesi. The Giallorossi will pocket a decent figure once he’s redeemed thanks to a previous 30 percent re-sale clause. Sassuolo signed him from their youth academy for €5M when he was only 18.

Despite some attempts, including one last summer, the reunion never came to be. But while the player may start growing impatient on his lack of regular playing time, he has always shown that he’s ready to deliver anytime he’s called upon, which makes him an impact player off the bench, and a worthy replacement in the case of an injury, so the club will be less inclined to sell, unless the player tries to force a move.

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