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Burnley: Francesco Margiotta on Clarets’ transfer radar

Burnley: Francesco Margiotta on Clarets’ transfer radar - Burnley Transfer Rumours

Burnley are interested in signing former Juventus striker Francesco Margiotta in the current transfer window.

That is according to a report in the print edition of The Sun (31 August, page 62, via HITC), which claimed that the Clarets could soon make their interest known to the 27-year-old’s current club Luzern.

Margiotta is a product of Juventus’ academy and looked a promising talent with their underage sides but he never managed to make an appearance for the Bianconeri’s first team and had a succession of loan spells away from Turin before moving to Lausanne in Switzerland, from where he subsequently joined Luzern.

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He was a potent and creative presence for the Swiss top-flight outfit last season, scoring 14 goals and providing 12 assists in all competitions. While primarily playing as a centre-forward, he has also dropped back to a number 10 role on a handful of occasions (as per TransferMarkt).

Like Burnley, Luzern finished in a mid-table position in their league in 2019/20, with Margiotta’s goal tally the same as the Clarets’ leading scorer Chris Wood and three more than Jay Rodriguez. He therefore seems to be on a similar level to that duo, albeit in a lower-ranked league on UEFA’s association club coefficient.

Margiotta can score and create chances and has a cut-price TransferMarkt valuation of just £720,000, while Matej Vydra is the only current backup to Burnley’s two main strikers with Ashley Barnes still sidelined through injury.

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The Italian forward has never played at a higher level than the Swiss Super League before, though, so even if he is purchased by Sean Dyche, it would probably be with the intention of being a backup striker rather than an instant first team presence.

Burnley fans, do you think Margiotta would be a decent addition to the squad? Comment below with your views!


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