Question marks may still remain over his temperament but there is no doubting Ricardo Centurión’s ability and while Boca Juniors and Racing Club had both hoped to secure his services again, it would now appear that the 24-year-old’s future lies in Italy.
The 24-year-old was back in Brazil with São Paulo after the end of his loan with Boca and while the Primera champions and another former club Racing both negotiated, Centurión and his agent flew to Europe on Tuesday keeping a noticeable silence.
Roma, having previously been linked with the tricky forward, was the presumed destination; a rumoured offer from AC Milan made matters even murkier and now it is reported that Genoa have swooped to bring Centurión back to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris after a loan spell in 2013.
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Despite any off-field issues that may persist, Centurión was outstanding as Boca Juniors lifted the Primera title and during the second half of the season after Carlos Tevez had left the club, the pace and creativity of the Racing academy product was a key weapon for Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
It was little surprise that making the move permanent was one of Boca’s priorities but the $3 million offered wasn’t enough to tempt São Paulo and it allowed Racing to counter with an offer of $4.5 million.
Given La Academia still own 30% of the ownership of Centurión, the club’s strategic bid was to increase the price as much as anything else and it would appear to have worked with Genoa now in pole position.
When considered one of the brightest young talents in Argentina, Genoa had taken Centurión on loan during the 2013-14 season but after 12 apperances, the youngster returned to Racing before signing for São Paulo.
It had looked as though the troublesome forward would never quite fulfil his enormous potential but his performances for Boca have pushed him back into Argentina contention and on the radar of European clubs.
There is always a risk associated with Centurión but on talent alone, the 24-year-old could be a real coup for the Rossoblu.