Agent expects Liverpool-linked Mattia Perin to remain with Genoa

Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin has been linked with a transfer to Premier League side Liverpool in January.

The once-capped Italian international has been linked with a move away from Serie A in the January transfer window, with Liverpool said to be keen on using the 22-year-old as a replacement for the suffering Simon Mignolet.

Belgian stopper Mignolet has lost his place in the starting XI to Brad Jones due to some high profile errors in recent weeks, and, although results have improved since Jones’s inclusion, he is hardly the quality of player needed for a team with serious aspirations for Champions League qualification.

The move for Perin has been touted for a number of weeks, but interest appears to have been stepped up in the last few days, with a reported £12 million price tag on their prize asset. The media in Italy were suggesting a few weeks ago that a move was all but complete, and, whilst it is wide knowledge that the Reds are looking at strengthening their goalkeeping ranks, Perin’s agent has come out to refute such rumours, claiming that he will likely be remaining with I Rossoblu until the end of the season.

Quoted by TMW, Matteo Roggi - who claimed that many of Europe’s top sides were looking at Perin due to his ability at such a young age for a goalkeeper - said: “Now they [the offers] come out with regularity.

“Perin will remain at Genoa until the end of the season because of the club and I do not think Gasperini wants to deprive the team of a key player.”

However, Roggi did continue to address the fact that, should a club offer a substantial amount for Perin, the 22-year-old could leave Genoa, although he believes this is unlikely.

“Of course, if a club were to then show up with the right figure everything could be questioned,” he added. “But then again, in my opinion will remain at Genoa until the end of the season.”

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