Serie A outfit Genoa have apparently cooled down their pursuit of Ghana midfielder Kevin Prince-Boateng. Now this may come as a surprise to many, considering the fact that Genoa coach Gian Piero Gasperini had singled out the Portsmouth player as one of his prime targets this summer after the 23 year old inspired his adopted nation to a historic quartefinal berth.
Prince (as he is commonly referred to), Scored his first goal for the Black Stars in their 2-1 win over the USA and continued to impress right up to their quarter final exist. Gasperini was quoted as saying a move for Boateng was highly unlikely.
“For me, Boateng is not at the top of the list,” Gasperini said.
“The important thing is that whoever arrives has the right requirements. I have seen a load of names doing the rounds, it’s a role that isn’t easy to identify in the market.
“Whether it takes a day or a month doesn’t matter. Remember the example of Thiago Motta who arrived as the market was closing.”
Genoa finished the season in 9th position with 51 points. Although very strong when playing at home, Genoa lost 12 of their away games, drawing 4 and winning only 3. This is what Gasperini is hoping to reverse in the new season.
With a very talented squad that includes: Luca Toni, Rodrigo Palacio, Guiseppe Sculli, Marco Rossi among others, The Rossoblu, have what it takes to fight for a top four finish.
To be honest, i really don’t think we would see the best of Boateng if he moves to the Serie A. Prince’s style of play is more suited to the EPL and should he move, then a transfer within the league would be the perfect solution.
With Portsmouth already relegated to the first division, Boateng’s transfer ordeals are far from over.
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