Genoa President Enrico Preziosi says “Roma deserve compliments for their behaviour” in the complex Mattia Destro deal. “It risked collapsing many times.”
The transfer had been all but called off over the weekend after Destro rejected the personal terms due to a superior wage package from Juventus, but he essentially completed his move this evening.
“Roma and director Walter Sabatini deserve compliments for their behaviour,” Genoa President Preziosi told Radio Manà Manà.
“The transfer risked collapsing many times, but in football it can happen that someone gives their word and keeps it.”
Preziosi had threatened to leave Destro at Siena, the club that co-owned his contract, on just €400,000 per season if he continued to turn down the Giallorossi.
“That was never more than a positive threat,” maintained the patron. “It was just to kick-start the negotiations, seeing as there was already a deal with Roma that was about to crumble.
“There were several moments in which the player risked missing out on Roma, which is why today Sabatini moved with such decision. Roma behaved impeccably, always keeping their word and taking the right approach. I am very happy to have entered into this dialogue with Roma, who I had not really dealt with before now.
“As for Siena, we never had an argument as such. There was always a civil discussion, though of course there was some tension. Genoa got a good deal, the player is happy and so are we. All the top clubs wanted Destro, but we had given our word.”
Preziosi confirmed Destro will join Roma on loan with option to buy plus co-ownership of youth team players Valerio Verre and Giammario Piscitella.
“I can say it is a loan with option to buy, but the figures given are not accurate. It is true that Piscitella and Verre will join on co-ownership agreements and the latter will go to Siena in order to gain experience.
“We are not in talks for Marco Borriello, as we have Alberto Gilardino and Ciro Immobile in his position, so we don’t need him. I haven’t heard anything about the reported swap between Giandomenico Mesto and Giuseppe Sculli with Lazio either.”
Genoa were in action this evening in a friendly test, beating Valtellina 16-0. Immobile managed to score five goals in a 16-minute period, while Gilardino, Marco Rossi and Cristobal Jorquera got hat-tricks, Mesto and Ze Eduardo one each.