West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku is poised to join a Serie A club in January, according to his agent Francesco Lingenti.
As quoted by Football Italia, the left-back’s agent confirmed that his client is being closely monitored by several clubs out in Italy, and the “objective” is for Masuaku to make a mid-season switch across the border.
Lingenti believes Napoli and Juventus are leading the race to sign the defender, while Genoa are also in with a fighting chance of securing his services in the new year.
I offered Arthur to (Napoli director of sport Cristiano) Giuntoli three years ago, then two years ago and now he has probably got the idea… along with Juventus, Genoa and Milan. Of course there have been talks. The player is being watched very carefully by a few clubs, including Napoli.
We almost signed for Genoa three years ago, then Olympiakos created problems and the deal fell through. Juventus were the first side to send scouts for him four years ago, when he was at Valenciennes in Ligue 1.
Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli side are in need of a left-back following the confirmation of Faouzi Ghoulam’s long-term knee injury, and it looks as though they are poised to rekindle their interest in Masuaku.
Serie A is our objective and hopefully he’ll be there in January. For now, Juventus, Napoli and Genoa are in the lead. However, he’d only go to Juventus if the Bianconeri sold Alex Sandro.
Giuntoli has always liked him. I don’t know if he would be brought in to pave the way for Ghoulam’s exit, but he would certainly be a luxury alternative to have.
The 24-year-old has so far made eight appearances in all competitions for West Ham, and has contributed with one goal and two assists.
West Ham’s asking price is around €9-10m, as they paid €7m to get him from Olympiakos in 2016.
However, it’s clear to see that there is an intention to join a Serie A when the transfer window opens, and Masuaku’s career at West Ham could come to an end in the near future.