Genoa complete signing of Giovanni Simeone from River Plate amid rumours of a move to AC Milan in the summer

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Giovanni Simeone has emphatically answered the question of whether he was ready to make the move to European football and Genoa have moved swiftly to buy the remaining 35% of his ownership from River Plate as rumours regarding the 21-year-old’s future intensify.

Genoa paid River Plate €3 million for Simeone in August and will have been thrilled with the striker’s return of eleven goals in 21 matches.

Amid reports of a €20 million bid from Villarreal in the January transfer window, Genoa have now paid the €2.1 million needed to purchase the remaining 35% of Simeone’s ownership from River in a deal that is looking ever increasingly like a bargain in a world of inflated transfer fees.

Il Grifone will also be accutely aware of the interest in their young striker after a breakthrough six months in Italy and after reportedly dismissing the advances of Villarreal and Sevilla, Tuttomercatoweb are claiming that AC Milan already have an agreement in place to sign Simeone in the summer.

Despite an outstanding youth career with River Plate and Argentina, Simeone was perhaps better known for being the son of Atlético Madrid manager Diego prior to this season but his goalscoring exploits are catching the attention of many in Europe.

Whether or not there is any truth in AC Milan flexing their potentially vast Chinese wealth in the summer remains to be seen but if Simeone can finish the Serie A season as he has begun, there will be no shortage of suitors.

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