Two Italian Clubs Ignored Totti’s Prediction on Retegui

In a remarkable revelation, Italy and Roma icon Francesco Totti predicted the rise of Azzurri debutant Mateo Retegui three years ago when the 23-year-old was plying his trade on a loan move with Estudiantes. The Boca Juniors youth product has scored two in two appearances since being called up by Roberto Mancini, winning praise and garnering attention from top clubs for his abilities in the box.

Totti revealed Retegui’s ascent during a live Instagram chat on Christian Vieiri’s Bobo TV.

“I’m in talks with incredible talent from Argentina, he’s very strong. Can play as a centre forward or a support striker and he’s devastating. I can’t say his name, otherwise, somebody else will steal him.”

Il Capitano’s agency CT10Management signed Retegui under contract a couple of years ago following his consistent performances, but clubs from Italy were far from willing to sign the Italian-Argentine striker back then. Roma and Sampdoria, according to La Repubblica, denied moves for the center-forward.

However, interest in the Tigre striker has drastically changed over time, with Inter, Milan, Udinese, and a host of others on the hunt for his signature. His contract with parent club Boca Juniors expires in December 2024. Retegui has six goals in nine appearances for Tigre already this season.

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