Liverpool, Arsenal-linked star may be sold against his wishes, says club president

Genoa

Sought-after Mattia Perin has stated his desire to remain at Genoa, but the club hierarchy doesn’t seem so sure he can be kept on.

Genoa president Enrico Preziosi has told GianlucadiMarzio.com he doubts Mattia Perin will stay at Marassi this summer, admitting that either the 22-year-old or Eugenio Lamanna will likely be sold.

Perin stands as one of Europe’s top goalkeeping prospects in the midst of his third full season in Serie A, having been on Genoa’s books since joining the youth set-up in 2008.

A loan spell in Serie B in the 2011-12 campaign with Padova gave way to his maiden top flight effort with Pescara the next term. Since, Perin has continued to flourish at Genoa.

The Italian finished fifth in saves in Serie A last term with 88 and posted 11 clean sheets, so far making 75 stops and conceding only 30 goals this time around.

Vocal about his dedication to Genoa, Perin has spoken of his love for the Grifone and stated unequivocally last week in an interview with Telenord that he’ll be in Liguria next season.

Understandably Perin has been at the centre of transfer talk heading into the summer, with Liverpool and Arsenal both reportedly in the mix for his signature.

Agent Moreno Roggi revealed to Rai Sport in December that Liverpool had enquired after Perin, while the Daily Mirror linked Arsenal to the 22-year-old in January.

As Perin personally maintains that he wishes to stick around at Marassi, however, the looming question is as to whether Genoa will resist the temptation to sell a high-priced asset.

On the occasions that the Italy international has been indisposed this season, 25-year-old deputy Eugenio Lamanna has impressed, even saving two of two penalties faced.

Club president Preziosi has now admitted that Genoa are in the process of deciding which of the goalkeepers will be kept when the transfer window opens again.

Preziosi said: “Perin and Lamanna are both starters. It would be a shame to sit one aside. It is for this exact reason as to why we are deciding who will depart this summer.

“I am aware that Perin declared he is remaining here one hundred per cent, but we must still evaluate our situation.

“I know he’s fallen in love with this team. We will discuss this in the future. There is still a lot of time.”

In reality there isn’t a great deal of time to choose, as it is already mid-April and the season is well and truly in the home stretch.

It appears possible that Genoa will wait to see what kind of offers come through the door for Perin and, if the price is right, choose to sell and move on with Lamanna as first choice.

This of course bodes well for any interested suitors, Arsenal and Liverpool included, though a discount of any kind shouldn’t be expected for Perin nonetheless.

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