A latest report in Italian media has claimed that Serie A side Genoa are interested in making a summer move for Brighton and Hove Albion defender Ezequiel Schelotto this summer.
The former Italy international joined the Seagulls in 2017 from Portuguese side Sporting CP but despite early impressions during his first season at the club, he has failed to hold down a first team place.
Having had his future discussed earlier this season, with Tuttomercatoweb claiming that the player’s agent was in talks with a number of clubs, Schelotto now looks set for a summer departure.
Born in Buenos Dias in Argentina, the 31-year-old’s current contract expire this summer with Brighton, and TMW’s headline reads ‘Schelotto is released in June’ – suggesting that a move back to Italy is his likeliest destination.
Genoa, who are 17th in Serie A, have their top-flight status hanging in the balance, so the prospects of them landing the defender could depend on whether they survive the relegation battle.
Quite why Schelotto has had such a lack of first team football over the last few years is surprising. The full-back has talent and quality, averaging 1.1 tackles and 0.8 successful dribbles per game in his debut Premier League season.
However, his impending exit from Brighton on a free transfer is understandable as he can now seek regular first team football elsewhere. A move back to Italy, where he has played most regularly, makes perfect sense for everyone involved.
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