Genoa add trio to kick off the transfer market

Genoa did not sit around in the 2020 Winter session, immediately bringing in three veteran pieces to bolster their chances of avoiding relegation. In the first two days, they announced the signings of Mattia Perin, Valon Behrami and Mattia Destro.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper, who is a club-grown product, spent five years as a starter here from 2013 to 2018, accumulating over 150 appearances before moving to Juventus. He returns on a season-long loan spell. He hurt his shoulder last April, which did not allow to move in the summer, after the return of Gianluigi Buffon, so he spent the first half of the season rehabbing and on the stands. Goalkeeper was not an area of corner for the Rossoblù as Andrei Radu has been okay, but they are tied with Lecce for most goal given up. Perin could have an edge in the duel because of his experience, furthermore Radu is set to be bought back by Inter in the summer, so they are not fully committed to him.

Behrami instead had left Italy in July to move to Sion in his home country of Switzerland, but he was released in October and spent the last few months as a free agent. He was initially brought to Italy from Lugano by the Griffon in 2003, but stayed for just a season. He was a part-time starter with the Bianconeri in the last two years, primarily playing as pivot as he got older and lost some dynamism. Once he will be up to speed physically, he could garner a meaningful role, maybe pushing Lasse Schone to a different spot. His presence will impact their rotating cast and likely means that Lukas Lerager is headed for lengthy absence as he has been dealing with a groin injury for a while. Due to his primarily defensive style, Behrami is not on the fantasy radar. He also spent time at Verona, Lazio, Fiorentina and Napoli in the Peninsula.

Mattia Destro is a returning player as well, as he was part of the 2010/2011 roster very early in his career. He was a Bologna in the past four seasons, where he had his moments but also dealt with a number of injuries, which also derailed his previous stays at Roma and Milan. In his best campaign with the Rossoblù in 2016, he scored 11 times in 30 matches. He was a third stringer behind Rodrigo Palacio and Federico Santander in the last two years. A pure goal poacher, Destro could help a team that has not gotten a lot out of their strikers, as Andrea Pinamonti, Andrea Favilli and Antonio Sanabria have combined for just two goals. He too transferred on a temporary six-month spell.

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