Saturday June 16 2018
Options limited for Politano

Matteo Politano’s market seems to have shrunk, but a few options remain open for a summer switch, writes Matthew Santangelo.

Napoli nearly found a way to complete a deal in January to bring Sassuolo winger Matteo Politano aboard for the Scudetto chase, but were beaten by the buzzer as the move did not materialize in time before the window closed.

The Italian was the Partenopei’s secondary target after Simone Verdi decided to stay put in Bologna for the remainder of the 2017-18 season, yet re-emerged in the closing stages of the Serie A campaign as a possible upgrade over Jose Callejon. Since then, Verdi’s change of heart gave President Aurelio De Laurentiis and Carlo Ancelotti the go-ahead to secure the former Milan youth for €25m, likely ruling Napoli out for Politano.

What is the market for the 24-year-old and where would he fit best?

Based off the assumption the recent Azzurri debutant is ready and willing to leave the Mapei Stadium, and Sassuolo are fielding offers, his intentions are likely to remain in Italy – for obvious reasons. But, if the Neroverdi were only willing to part with the ex-Roma attacker for nearly €30m six months ago, before he caught fire in the second half of the year, only a select few can financially offer him the opportunity he desires.

Juventus are stacked to the brim with attacking talent, Roma are expanding outside Italy to bolster their roster and Napoli are no longer a fit. This leaves two clubs with a need for a winger who could afford to acquire his signature: the football tips for Politano point to Milan and Inter.

The Rossoneri’s market is currently stalled for sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli as they await UEFA’s ruling this month, and are looking for minority investors to assist with their financial status. In spite of all this, Milan still expect to be active, and Politano may be an ideal option.

As for the Nerazzurri, Coach Luciano Spalletti surely could benefit from Politano’s offensive production out wide to improve upon what Antonio Candreva managed last season – while also supporting captain Mauro Icardi, who bagged the bulk of the goals.

Inter have Champions League football on the agenda for 2018-19, and have already proven active on the transfer front, sealing deals for free transfers Stefan de Vrij and Kwadwo Asamoah, also buying the highly-sought after Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez.

With talks on-going to bring Radja Nainggolan to the fashion capital of the world, you can expect Suning to continue exploring ways to round out the squad and set Spalletti up for a successful European return.

It is also not beyond the realm of possibility to see Politano venture out of Italy and survey his options, especially Spain, where former Sassuolo players Simone Zaza and Nicola Sansone currently reside.

Perhaps the Roman envisions a return home to the Capitale with Lazio if Felipe Anderson’s West Ham United switch comes to fruition and Claudio Lotito actually decides to open up his wallet to reinvest.

Then there is the possibility of Politano staying put for the first half of the upcoming season, with Sassuolo revisiting a big sale in the January window when desperation settles in for clubs in need of an attacking spark.

Either way you slice it, Politano is ready for a bigger stage, but it remains to be seen whether summer 2018 is when he will take it.

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Have your say...
Nobody is very excited by Politano, he needs to further grow and show consistency. He could end up at Inter [if they fail to land Chiesa/Malcom]. However, I would have liked to see Verdi at Inter... For some reason, people don`t rate these 2.
on the 18th June, 2018 at 7:50am
ive always like politano and he had a great second half to this past season where he scored key goals agaisnt inter and ac milan. I can see him going to inter to replace candreva, but it seems like inter want Malcom. I can also see him as Ac Milan to replace suso who might go to A. Madrid. I doubt he will go to roma because they have Kluivert, El SHa, Under and Shick and perotti. I think the most realistic place is either Ac Milan or Fiorentina to replace CHiesa
on the 16th June, 2018 at 7:14pm
If this boy wants to continue to develop his career and take his football to the next level he has to leave Sassuolo or he risks stalling his career and end up like Belotti and Berardi...
on the 16th June, 2018 at 11:43am
Decent player but not that good - if he was Juve would have signed him instead they will hold out for signing Chiesa as their next Italian winger / Napoli would have made an offer instead they chose Verdi / Roma would be looking at him now instead they like Berardi. Politano is never going to be world beater - he reminds me of Pepe. For national team Insigne, Chiesa, Bernadeschi, Berardi and El Shaawary are all better.
on the 16th June, 2018 at 1:32am

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