Inter to Beat Juventus for Highly-Rated Sassuolo Talent, January Move Unlikely

Juventus have just completed the acquisition of their fifth highest ever transfer in history, a move which might see them miss out on another highly-rated target. Dusan Vlahovic’s addition to the Bianconeri ranks alleviates some pressure off the club’s frontline, as they seek to enter the top four and make it to Europe next season.

However, long-standing Sassuolo striker, Gianluca Scamacca, looks to be out of Juventus’ sights for the time being.

According to reports from Tuttosport, Inter now lead the race for the 23-year-old Italian center-forward. The Rome-born talent has long been on the sights of numerous top clubs, including Milan, and it is the Nerazzurri who are close to signing the youngster.

As marksman Edin Dzeko turns 36 in a couple of months, Simone Inzaghi’s outfit are keen on onboarding a striker.

Inter CEO Beppe Marotta himself complimented Neroverdi executive chairman Giovanni Carnevali for helping the club develop world-class talents in recent times – from Manuel Locatelli and Giacomo Raspadori to Davide Fratessi and Gianluca Scamacca.

“I want to congratulate Carnevali for his excellent management and for the enhancement of talents. Frattesi and Scamacca? It is normal for top clubs such as Inter to be paying attention to these guys,” said the Nerazzurri chief.

Out of the two, Scamacca seems closer to moving to the Giuseppe Meazza, according to SportItalia transfer market expert Alfredo Pedulia. Inter can expect to part with transfer fees in the range of €40m and the inclusion of a player as part of the deal cannot be entirely ruled out. 22-year-old Empoli loanee Andrea Pinamonti is a likely candidate to be included in the deal.

Sassuolo are not ready to let any of the best players leave this January, as relayed by Carnevali.

“For the moment there are no doubts, but there are still a few days to go. We’ll wait and see, there are certainly offers. Our intention is to keep them for now and then talk about it later. We received proposals not just for Scamacca in January, but others too.

There were some calls from Italy, but mainly from abroad, because there isn’t much possibility for investment in the Italian clubs at the moment. Fortunately, there’s the overseas market too,” explained Carnevali.

Another realistic target for Inter is Argentine playmaker Paulo Dybala, who has fallen out of favor in the sights of the Bianconeri management regarding his contract extension.