An unlikely side might have the edge over Europe’s giants in the race for one Argentine forward.
Italian side Sampdoria have made an offer for Argentine forward Joaquin Correa, according to Portuguese paper A Bola.
Sampdoria are trying to use this hesitation to their advantage, and have apparently put in a €6.5m bid for the Estudiantes star.
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This is significantly less than the £8m bids that the English sides had been linked with, and also less than the €7m bid which Benfica made last month and saw rejected. This is explained by the fact that, as the Portuguese reports claim, part of Sampdoria’s offer will be made up by third-party owners who will facilitate the move to Italy by paying the remaining €3.5m which Sampdoria will need to reach the player’s buyout clause.
In return for this, these investors will receive shares on the player, shares which could prove extremely valuable if the attacking midfielder fulfils his potential and is eventually bought for big money by one of Europe’s big club.
Correa is not to be confused with fellow countryman Angel Correa, who this week joined Atletico Madrid after finally receiving clearance to play after undergoing heart surgery.