Disappointed with the contribution of their Portuguese keeper, Eduardo, who has been sent to Benfica this summer, Genoa confirmed that they are seriously eying a new quality goalie for the new season and the likes of Sebastian Frey along with Salvatore Sirigu becomes the top candidates.
The revealing of those two names are more than just media speculation as the Griffonne’s president, Enrico Preziosi, already confirmed the club’s interest on the two keepers adding that one of them could arrive by the end of the week.
Moreover, Preziosi also explained the reason his club focusing on the two keepers at the moment is because both have experienced in the Italian league and also the fact that their previous main target, Emiliano Viviano, picked up a bad injury. The president is very confident that they can seal the deal as soon as possible, indicating that serious contacts have probably been made and negotiation is pretty much underway.
The goalkeeping problem will definitely be resolved by the end of this week, “We were chasing Viviano, but then he got injured. “We’ll definitely sign a new goalkeeper and now we just have to see which is the right operation for us. I think he’ll be Italian,” Preziosi said. “Frey of Fiorentina could be one of the important ‘keepers who we target, he knows Italian football well, but there is Sirigu of Palermo too.”
Preziosi also shut down the potential move for Juventus’ Marco Storari by confirming that Frey and Sirigu are currently their main targets, since both are probably more suitable with Genoa’s financial situation. Frey is currently being frozen out from Fiorentina, while Sirigu is having some dispute over his contract with Palermo as the Italian international has been refusing contract renewal with the Sicilian based club.
Marco Storari of Juventus? He’s another great player, but I’d stop after the first two names mentioned. We’re in no rush, we have to go with the transfer that is most convenient from a sporting and economical point of view,” Preziosi added.
Getting either of Sirigu or Frey would definitely be a very good move for Genoa as the two keepers are rated pretty highly in Serie A, although the latter’s condition might be a bit doubtful considering that the player didn’t really play much last season. However, acquiring the Palermo keeper might not be that easy as the Sicilian club’s owner, Mauro Zamparini, can be really difficult to deal with as the controversial patron often seek for as much money as he could.