Without a place in Boca Juniors’ squad for the upcoming season, Gonzalo Maroni has completed a season-long loan deal to Serie A club Sampdoria complete with a reported €15 million option to make the switch permanent.
Maroni, who has been on international duty with Argentina under-20s at the recent World Cup, was set to return to Boca Juniors after a loan with Talleres last season. However, the Buenos Aires giants adding Brighton loanee Alexis Mac Allister to their squad for the upcoming campaign saw competition for places at La Bombonera only increase.
As an attacking midfielder by trade there was no route to Gustavo Alfaro’s starting eleven with Carlos Tevez, Mauro Zárate, Mac Allister and Emanuel Reynoso just some of the names blocking Maroni’s path so another loan away suited all parties.
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Two goals and one assist from 18 Superliga appearances at Talleres last season may not look overly impressive but Maroni remains one of Argentina’s brightest prospects as his prominent role in the under-20 set-up would suggest.
A move to Italy represents a huge challenge for Maroni but one that the 20-year-old should relish.
“I’d like to thank the President, Massimo Ferrero. I’m thrilled that he brought me here and I’m aware that I’m joining a very big Italian club. I’m here to give my all and contribute in my own way,” Maroni told the Sampdoria website.
A promising ninth-placed finish last season in Serie A as a foundation to build on and an opportunity to work under new manager Eusebio Di Francesco could aid Maroni’s development. The Córdoba-born youngster now looking to follow in the footsteps of a number of Argentine players such as Juan Sebastián Verón and Ariel Ortega at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
“Before I came to Samp, I knew about the Argentine players who’d been here before me, and they’ve all done so well at this club. It’s great that there’s a link to the Argentines, as Samp know what we can give and I just hope that I can follow in their footsteps.”
El gol del pibe Maroni en su debut como titular en Boca pic.twitter.com/MlSHyQy3s2
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