By Liam Thomas

27th Sep, 2022 | 9:30am

Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali: West Ham United were only club in race to sign Gianluca Scamacca

Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali has opened up on the sale of his former striker Gianluca Scamacca to West Ham United, claiming no Italian clubs were vying for his signature.

The 23-year-old Italy international joined the Hammers on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee from Serie A club Sassuolo this summer.

Scamacca managed to score 16 Serie A goals last season and was widely regarded as a hot prospect in Europe’s top five leagues.

Nevertheless, speaking in an interview with Gazzetta.it and transcribed by CalcioMercato, Carneveli explained that the deal was a simple one and that “no” Italian clubs came knocking for the forwards signature.

“No Italian club has made requests for Scamacca? No, and we’re sorry. I would have liked to see him again in our league,” said the Sassuolo CEO.

“He is a young man and is in the national team. The market value was high, however, and the situation in Italy is difficult. Fortunately, there are Premier clubs that can afford it. We are satisfied with this sale.”

Interesting.

Interesting comments, to say the least, were Italian clubs just priced out of a deal for the forward, or did they just think he wasn’t good enough?

The Italian has only made one Premier League start so far for West Ham United, suggesting he hasn’t fully convinced David Moyes of his abilities just yet.

Despite this Scamacca has shown glimpses of class in the UEFA Europa Conference League; although the level of competition isn’t the greatest.

The Italy international will have to prove himself to be a solid starter for the Hammers before any verdict can be given; he has time on his side.

Sebastian Haller came and failed and if West Ham’s second big forward signing does the same, questions will be raised over Moyes’ management of forwards and the club’s recruitment.

It’s been a slow start to the campaign for the club and Scamacca, hopefully he’ll find his form and prove those Italian naysayers wrong.