An unlikely side might have sealed the deal ahead of Europe’s giants in the race for one Argentine forward.
Italian paper Tuttosport have reported that Estudiantes attacker Joaquin Correa is in Genoa undergoing a medical in preparation for completing his move to Sampdoria..
Sampdoria are trying to use this hesitation to their advantage, and have apparently almost completed a €6.5m deal for the 20-year-old.
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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 Italian 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 clubs.