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Report: Genoa are asking as much as €20 million for Mattia Perin

What? You thought this would be easy?

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For all we know, Beppe Marotta was working the phone for hours on end trying to hammer out some kind of deal that would bring Mattia Perin to Turin during this past weekend. One call after another, offer after offer, trying to make progress to acquire the 25-year-old Italian international goalkeeper who’s got more than just a couple admirers in Italy and Europe.

For good reason, too.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Genoa are asking as much as €20 million when it comes to acquiring Perin’s services this summer. Understandably, Juventus don’t want to shell out more for Perin than they paid for Wojciech Szczesny last summer, and that could involve sending a few players back the other way to try and lower any potential transfer fee.

That reportedly includes Stefano Sturaro.

That reportedly includes Moise Kean — on loan.

That reportedly includes Emil Audero — on loan.

That reportedly includes Rolando Mandragora — on loan.

When the first batch of rumors involving Juventus’ interest in Perin, the talk was that Juve were going to initially offer somewhere in the ballpark of €10 million. I think that it’s safe to say that, in this current world of transfer fees, there’s no chance in hell Juve will get away with paying that ... unless there’s some sort of collateral in the form of players going to Genoa along with that amount of cash.

But as much as Genoa have said since Juventus’ interest in Perin became a real thing, there’s also been the caveat that he’s not going to be sold off to the highest bidder. What kind of price tag that will take is still anybody’s guess, but I have a feeling the final end amount spent by Juventus if they do sign Perin is going to be closer to €20 million than it is to €10 million. Genoa might be willing to avoid an auction, but they’re not stupid, either.