Gianluca Scamaca’s ascent continues at Sassuolo as PSG link up with the Italian striker

In Italian football, Gianluca Scamaca is the name of the moment. The 23-year-old Sassuolo striker has attracted the interest of several big Italian and European clubs who are looking for a young top scorer for the next decade. He’s definitely a player to watch, and Italy coach Roberto Mancini knows that. The Italy coach is keen to call up young players who are struggling to find minutes in their clubs. Scamaca was one of them, almost called up last summer at UEFA Euro 2020. Mancini is now counting on him for the new cycle after Italy failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup and was included in the last list for the UEFA Nations League. Toys. At Sassuolo, he is one of the key players, and the club knows full well that his market value increased last season after scoring 16 goals in 36 games in the 2021-22 Serie A season. He has a bright future ahead, but this development begins with what happened at the beginning of his career.

early on

Skamaka, from Roma, started his football career between FC Roma and Lazio, but suddenly changed his country and moved to Holland, joining PSV as a young player. The Dutch club is known for helping develop young talents, and Skamaka was able to find a foothold there. It was a defining moment in his development, as he wanted to try something different compared to his Italian teammates. Sassuolo noticed him and decided to bring him back to Italy in January of 2017. One year later, the Italian club loaned him to Cremonese and then to Dutch side BEC Zwolle. Despite some difficulties, he began to show his true talent when he moved on loan to Ascoli in Serie B during the 2019-20 season, scoring nine goals in 33 matches. The following season, Sassuolo opted to loan him again, this time in Serie A, and he proved to be a serious striker at Genoa as he scored eight goals in 26 Serie A matches. Last season he returned to Sassuolo, despite the interest of several clubs.

Last season’s production

Sassuolo knows how to manage young players, and they decided to count on him to play alongside Giacomo Raspadori, another great Italian talent. Skamaka has scored 16 goals in 36 matches (11.49 xG and 46.8% shots on goal) and has become a target for many clubs across Europe. The question now is which club he will go to in the summer given the player’s high development. Sassuolo asked about 40 million euros to sell in the summer, but reports indicate that this value has already increased since PSG inquired about his club asking for around 50 million euros.

playing style

The Sassuolo striker is definitely a player who can be flexible in terms of positioning on the field. It is the type of player who moves in the attack zone and can also play in different tactical systems. At Sassuolo, he already played as the only number nine, but he also played alongside Rasbadori, who played a little behind him. The feeling is that he can also improve a lot and his development is still only in the early stages, but he has all the qualities he needs to become an important striker.

“He is very strong but also very good technically,” former Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbe told Sportalia. “Physically, he’s a striker in the middle, but he has the technique not only as a striker. He also knows how to sew the match and show up.”

Skamaka also has a very strong personality and some people assert that one of his shortcomings may be his temper, although he has managed it quite well recently.

Sassuolo definitely considers it one of their market gems, along with Raspadori, Davide Frattesi and Domenico Berardi. Nirverde’s manager, Giovanni Carnevale, knows how the transfer market works really well and has always said that many clubs are looking forward to him in the future. Last summer, when Scamaca returned from loan from Genoa, Italian clubs such as Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan asked about his situation, but Sassuolo’s requests (about 30 million euros) temporarily kept them away…

I look ahead

Things are different this summer for sure, and it has increased in value again. Italian clubs are still interested in the player but with fewer chances of getting him for the price, while clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal are among the clubs that have stated that they are interested in the player.

“[PSG advisor] Luis Campos is a friend of mine, we also met in the Champions League final. “We talked about many players, but for sure, Scamaka was the topic of conversation. I think he is an interesting player for many clubs,” said Carnevale.

It will be interesting to see what’s next. Despite a potential move to clubs like Paris Saint-Germain or Arsenal, a more moderate move may be the best, joining a club where he can grow with less pressure. Also, a place where he can start playing regularly in a different league with different tactical and physical conditions can serve him well. In general, the only thing we are sure of is that we will hear his name for a long time. He’s just at the start of a career that could be great, and before long it’s likely that what he can do at a big club with even greater ambitions will emerge.

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