Sassuolo’s CEO has confirmed Premier League interest in Gianluca Scamacca with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United keen on the Serie A striker, speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
This summer is already shaping up to be a difficult one for Sassuolo supporters.
Victims of their own success, the perennial overachievers of Italian football are being forced to contend with interest in almost all of their star players. And not for the first time either.
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Long-serving talisman Domenico Berardi is once again dominating the gossip columns. Newcastle have already made approaches for diminutive striker Giacomo Raspadori and left-back Rogerio.
Midfield schemer Davide Frattesi, meanwhile, is a target for Inter Milan.
So too is Scamacca; Sassuolo’s 6ft 5ins colossus of a number nine.
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“Inter have shown interest in Scamacca but keep an eye on foreign clubs,” says CEO Giovanni Carnevali.
“There are lots of teams interested in Gianluca, including in the Premier League. But he still needs to develop and he might need another season here with us.”
Reports suggesting that Scamacca could sign a new contract at the Mapei Stadium will certainly warm the cockles of Carnevali and co. But it’s not over until the fat lady sings and, with the transfer window only a couple of weeks away, she’s clearing her throat and practicing her scales.
Arsenal will not take ‘no’ for an answer readily. The Gunners are scouring the market for a new centre-forward with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang towards the exit.
According to FC Inter News, Arsenal – as well as Newcastle United – have knocked on the door for the £33 million-rated Scamacca.
Tottenham Hotspur have also explored a deal, according to GMS reporter Dean Jones. Scamacca, scorer of 13 often spectacular Serie A goals in 2021/22, will be well-known by Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici from their time in Italy.
His eye for the spectacular – coupled with that towering, sky-scraping frame – have led to comparisons with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, much to Scamacca’s obvious delight.
“(Ibra) is a champion. Being likened to such a champion is only nice,” he says, via Sempre Milan. “But I have my own way. My way of playing.”