After an outstanding season that resulted in Banfield clinching a Copa Libertadores spot, youngster Emanuel Cecchini is expected in Italy to seal a €4 million move to Inter.
The 20-year-old was undoubtedly one of the breakthrough stars of the Primera season and according to Sky Sport Italia, Cecchini will undergo a medical on Tuesday and sign an initial deal with Genoa before eventually heading to Inter.
Former Banfield star and Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti has been central to the deal and while it is the Nerazzurri paying the €4 million, Genoa appears to be where the midfielder will first gain initial Serie A experience .
Cecchini made his Banfield debut as a sixteen-year-old under Matías Almeyda but it has been as part of Julio César Falcioni’s midfield over the past year that the 20-year-old has established himself as one of the most exciting prospects in Argentina.
27 appearances in the Primera as Banfield mounted a surprise title challenge, there were few more important players for El Taladro than the academy product and Inter appear to securing a bargain at such a price.
Something of an all-rounder in midfield, Cecchini covers ground, wins possession, is an excellent passer of the ball and scored four goals with his intelligent running from deep.
Juventus had also been attributed with an interest but after Inter sold Éver Banega back to Sevilla, the Milan giants have moved swiftly to bring in a player of enormous potential.