Cagliari And Genoa to Go Head-to-Head for Unwanted Monza Striker

Cagliari and Genoa will reportedly go head-to-head for the signature of Monza striker Andrea Petagna in the final summer days. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Sardinians have the upper hand in the race after making progress in talks with the player’s camp.

Petagna has lost his place in Raffaele Palladino’s starting lineup. After being left on the bench in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Inter, the Milan youth academy graduate is ready to end his short-term association with Monza. Despite Genoa’s recent inquiry, the 28-year-old could soon be on his way to joining Cagliari.

Claudio Ranieri is keen to add a quality depth to his squad after helping Cagliari return to Serie A in dramatic fashion. Leonardo Pavoletti and Gianluca Lapadula led the line at Sardegna Arena last season. But the two won’t be enough to help the Islanders secure a coveted top-flight stay.

Eldor Shomurodov has joined Cagliari on loan from Roma to reinforce Ranieri’s attacking options. However, his profligacy at the Stadio Olimpico cannot inspire much confidence within the Sardinians’ ranks. It’s not like Petagna scored at will last season, but he’s still more lethal than the ex-Genoa forward.  

With Cagliari inching closer to signing the robust center-forward, Monza will turn to Milan’s Lorenzo Colombo to fill the void. Stefano Pioli is willing to indulge Adriano Galliani’s bid to land the prodigious striker. But before sanctioning a move, I Rossoneri want to extend the 21-year-old’s contract. 

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