Newly promoted Serie A outfit set to sign talented teenager currently on the books at MLS Sporting Kansas City club
Venezia technical director Paolo Poggi has confirmed that US midfielder Gianluca Busio will arrive at the club ahead of the 2021-22 season.
Busio has enjoyed a meteoric rise since joining Sporting Kansas City in 2018, establish itself as one of the most promising young talents in MLS while earning a spot at USMNT.
The 19-year-old is currently playing for his country in the Gold Cup, but is expected to embark on a new challenge in Europe at the end of the tournament, with the new Serie A boys Venezia set to secure his services after having Already struck a deal for US midfielder Tanner Tessman recently.
What was said?
Venice chef Poggi let slip news of Busio’s imminent arrival when asked about the club’s ties to SPAL star Salvatore Esposito buys Italian outlet Objective Triveneto.
“We were honestly surprised when we read the news yesterday,” he said. “In this role we have Vacca, we took Tessmann and Busio will be coming too, why should we take Salvatore Esposito?
“Very good player, but who cares. There are no negotiations going on.”
Busio’s career record
Busio has already appeared in 70 first-team games for Sporting KC, including 13 in their last MLS campaign.
The talented teenager has scored eight goals for the club so far while also providing nine assists, and is now also making his mark on the international stage.
Busio made his USMNT debut in a Gold Cup group stage match against Haiti earlier this month before participating in later wins against Martinique and Canada, and could again s’ line up in the quarterfinals against Jamaica on Sunday.
The bigger picture
Busio has been dubbed “the American Pirlo” after a brilliant start to his career in his homeland, but will face a whole new challenge when he teamed up with Spezia, who was promoted to the Italian top flight through the Serie B qualifiers last season.
However, the father of the USA international was born in Brescia and he has the natural characteristics of an Italian player with his calm in possession and excellent vision.
Spezia supporters are hopeful Busio can make the transition to Serie A seamlessly as they attempt to make their mark in their very first top-flight appearance under Vincenzo Italiano.