Brescia managed to sign Jesse Joronen this summer.
Agent Roberto De Fanti has told Tuttomercatoweb that client Jesse Joronen rejected a move to England this summer, which matches up with claims about Aston Villa.
Joronen, 26, may be familiar to some English fans having turned out for Fulham, Maidenhead United, Cambridge United, Accrington Stanley and Stevenage, but has rebuilt his career abroad in recent years.
The Finland international joined FC Copenhagen last summer having impressed with fellow Danes AC Horsens, and his superb performances earned him another move this summer.
Joronen signed for Brescia following their promotion back to Serie A, and he’s already been featuring as their new first-choice goalkeeper in the early stages of the campaign.
Now, agent De Fanti claims that Joronen had an offer from a significant English club, but Massimo Cellino’s desire to get Joronen signed up meant he picked Brescia instead.
“Joronen was an idea of Cellino,” said De Fanti. “He had followed him for some time at Copenhagen, then the negotiation had stalled because of the involvement of a large team in England. The insistence of the president and the will of the boy were decisive, without any doubt,” he added.
De Fanti stopped short of naming just who the club in question was, but it’s safe to guess that it may well have been Aston Villa that made a move.
Just before Joronen signed on the dotted line with Brescia, the reliable Gianluca Di Marzio reported that he had snubbed an offer from Villa in favour of Brescia, which all matches up with De Fanti’s comments.
Villa needed a goalkeeper and ended up signing Tom Heaton, with fans no doubt pleased the England international signed over the somewhat unproven and nomadic Joronen.