According to Italian Football Reporter Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sport, Genoa are set to sign Lazio and Croatia international Milan Badelj. The Rossoblu are searching for a central defensive midfielder and newly appointed Manager Rolando Maran has identified the 31-year-old as the ideal target; Sporting Director Daniele Faggiano has been in constant contact with the player’s Agent (Alessandro Lucci) to sort out the final details.
Despite signing with the Biancocelesti on a free transfer just two years ago (in 2018), life in Rome has not gone as planned for Badelj. After just one season with the club (where he made 26 appearances between the UEFA Europa League and Serie A), due to a lack of first-team playing time in addition to subpar performances, he was loaned (with an option to buy set at €4 million) to Fiorentina for the 2019/20 season. However, as the Viola refused to take up the option to sign him permanently at the end of the season, the Croatian ultimately returned to Lazio; it seems only a matter of time before he joins Genoa.