Former Sunderland attacker Joel Asoro is set for a move to Italian Serie A side Genoa, according to Sunderland Echo.
The Swedish forward joined Swansea City following the Black Cats’ relegation to League One in 2018 for a transfer fee of £2m but his time with the Welsh side did not go as planned. Appearing only 18 times at the Liberty Stadium, Asoro managed just two assists and failed to find the back of the net for the Swans (as per Transfermarkt).
With the transfer window open for just under three more weeks, the former Groningen loanee is reportedly set for another move.
Italian side Genoa are eyeing a move for the 21-year-old, which is believed to be a one-year loan deal (as per Sunderland Echo).
Speaking on the attacker’s future at the weekend, Swansea manager Steve Cooper said to Wales Online: “I can’t clarify much. I know they’re interested him him, but I’m not too sure where the deal is in terms of whether it’s completely right for us, him or Genoa.
“I’ll find out a little bit later on, but there is truth in it.”
The striker still has two years remaining on his contract at Swansea and it is not yet known if the loan deal to the Serie A club will include an option to buy come next summer.
Since leaving the Stadium of Light, Asoro has found it very hard to settle and impress on a consistent basis. The move to Genoa could be an enticing one, with the Italian side firmly established in the country’s top flight.
If the Swedish youngster can make it work out, his reported loan deal could become a permanent move, in which case Sunderland may be left wondering what might have been at the Stadium of Light for their former player.
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