Sassuolo CEO confirms Barcelona could have signed Sensi in the summer
- Giovanni Carnevali reveals that Barcelona wanted to land Sensi in the summer.
- However, Inter beat them to the 24-year-old's signature as Nerazzurri were 'faster'.
- Blaugrana are reportedly following the 24-year-old and will come back for the talented midfielder.
Sassuolo chief Giovanni Carnevali has shed some light on Stefano Sensi's move to Inter Milan. The midfielder moved to the Nerazzurri on loan this summer with an option to buy for €22m.
"When I was in Barcelona for the Marlon negotiations [in 2018], one of the Barcelona executives asked me about Sensi," he told Corriere dello Sport (h/t Football Italia).
"They knew about him and kept tabs on him too, but Inter were quicker. We closed the deal on a Friday, after a brief meeting at the Nerazzurri’s offices, which was also attended by Conte.
"On the following Monday, I would’ve had an important appointment with a foreign club..."
Sensi arrived at the Mapei Stadium in the summer of 2016 from Cesena after making the move official on January 13, 2016, and since then became a pivotal player for Roberto De Zerbi's side. The Italian midfielder's heroics with Sassuolo earned him international debut with the Squadra Azzurra - as a starter in a 1–0 friendly victory over the United States in late November.
Last season Sensi has been a regular for Sassuolo with 23 appearances, one goal and three assists.
Barcelona were reportedly among the interested parties to land Sensi this summer but the midfielder joined Inter instead. Blaugrana, meanwhile, are expected to come back for Stefano later.
The 24-year-old is a midfield magician and we could still land him come January: