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.
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.
Are you excited by the transfer interest in Margiotta?
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.
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