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Updated: Sporting KC’s Gianluca Busio linked to Juventus, Milan and Fiorentina

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The rumors started last fall and aren’t going away.

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Gianluca Busio , Midfielder of Sporting Kansas City during the MLS 25th Season Kickoff at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
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Updated at 5:02 PM CT: Twellman tweeted out later that the Italian teams are Juventus, Milan and ACF Fiorentina. Assumingly that’s AC Milan and not Inter Milan. There are mentions on Twitter that the dutch team is Feyenoord, but we were unable to locate the tweet.

Updated 7/19/20 at 11:35 AM CT: There is a story out of the Netherlands stating ESPN confirms Feyenoord as the Dutch team. We are still unable to locate the original story or Tweet.


ESPN’s Taylor Twellman is talking Gianluca Busio transfer rumors. And this isn’t the first time. His latest report has “3 Big” Serie A (Italy) teams “keenly watching” the young Sporting Kansas City midfielder during the COVID Cup MLS is Back Tournament. Additionally a club from the Netherlands is watching as well according to Twellman.

Rumors of Busio heading to Europe are nothing new. As Twellman reconfirms, Italian giant Fiorentina made a $4 million offer for the 18-year-old last fall that Sporting KC turned down.

The possible key to the quote from Taylor is that, “this one has legs, especially if Busio plays more.” In two games in the tournament Busio has officially logged an astronomical nine minutes. Nine! Peter Vermes, as you have probably heard, is somewhat reluctant to make substitutions and even when he does they are often in the dying minutes of the match.

Roger Espinoza in particular seemed exhausted on Friday night against the Colorado Rapids so maybe Busio will get the start next Wednesday against Real Salt Lake.

It seems obvious Busio will be sold eventually. Busio is under contract through the end of the year with two options taking his deal through 2022. Obviously Sporting would like to avoid a repeat of the Erik Palmer-Brown situation where he was not sold and left on a free transfer to Manchester City.

The Blue Testament will continue to update the situation as it unfolds.