With the transfer window about to open in Europe the rumors of Gianluca Busio leaving are only going to pick up steam. On Saturday, before Sporting Kansas City’s fifth comeback win of the season, another rumor emerged. This time, more specific than many of the recent rumors, a team and dollar figure are attached.
Italian club Sassuolo, who finished 8th in Serie A this past season, have been rumored to be offering around $6 million, plus a sell-on fee, to acquire the young American who holds an Italian passport. Sky Sport Italia called it an “imminent agreement.”
Accord imminent entre Kansas City et Sassuolo pour le transfert de Gianluca Busio !— Sassuolo France (@SassuoloFRA) June 26, 2021
Les deux clubs sont d'accords pour un transfert de 5 millions d'euros et le joueur semble vouloir jouer en Italie. Sassuolo aimerait l'avoir directement !
(Via Sky Sport Italia) pic.twitter.com/PabvrVOugw
However, MLSsoccer.com’s Tom Bogert threw some water on that fire, stating “Reports suggesting Sporting KC and Sassuolo have agreed to a $6m deal in principle for Gianluca Busio are untrue. Negotiations remain ongoing with multiple clubs.” That said, I’ve been told that in press conferences before and players get sold shortly after.
Sources: Reports suggesting Sporting KC and Sassuolo have agreed to a $6m deal in principle for Gianluca Busio are not true. Negotiations remain ongoing with multiple clubs.— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) June 26, 2021
As I reported earlier this month, Sassuolo are indeed in the mix for Busio, but nothing is agreed.
The move coming sooner than later would lineup with reports that his transfer was “likely to occur this summer.” When Busio was listed as in the lineup against LAFC, that further cemented that nothing was imminent. You don’t risk a player you are about to sell.
When talking with Soren Petro on The Program last week, Peter Vermes shed some more light on the situation.
Vermes stated, “there’s a lot of interest in him... There is probably about five leagues, with some of the leagues having multiple clubs, showing serious interest in [Busio].” The fact that Bogert confirmed there are ongoing talks with multiple teams, supports what Vermes said on the radio about the deal being right for everyone.
He said the interest has never been as strong as it is right now and that KC are looking for a deal that works for Busio, to put him in the right situation, and that works for Sporting KC. Vermes sounded like he’d love to get a deal where Busio remains in KC on a loan back for the rest of the season. That could be a roadblock for other teams who might want Busio to join immediately so he can go through preseason and try to break into the team’s starting lineup.
While there is nothing to announce today and there may be nothing tomorrow, something is coming soon. A loan back sounds ideal since Busio has been one of the best players on Kansas City all year.