Albert Gudmundsson arrived for a medical in Genoa on deadline day with the reported target of Celtic and Rangers swapping the Eredivisie for Serie A, according to Tuttomercatoweb.
Since the start of last summer, AZ Alkmaar have lost talismanic captain Teun Koopmeiners, most reliable striker Myron Boadu, creative stalwart Calvin Stengs, longtime right-back Jonas Svensson and number one goalkeeper Marco Bizot. .
Now it’s Gudmundsson’s turn to bid farewell to AFAS stadium life.
The Telegraph reported before Christmas that Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers and Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic are keen on the 24-year-old.
A versatile, vivacious if somewhat frustrating leader – Gudmundsson’s penchant for a rejected babysitter could make him the centerpiece of any stocking filler Goofs DVD – the Iceland international still scored 11 goals last season.
He has six more under his belt this term.
Gudmundsson was expected to become a free agent in July.
And AZ manager Max Huiberts admitted a few weeks ago that the former Heerenveen youngster had little interest in signing an extension at a club that could have become Eredivisie champions in 2020 if the COVID-19 pandemic hadn’t reared its ugly head.
Did Celtic or Rangers even need Albert Gudmundsson?
Rather than risk losing another key player on a free transfer, AZ allow Gudmundsson to join relegation-threatened Genoa on deadline day.
The Serie A strugglers, who sacked Andriy Shevchenko, Ballon D’Or winner and manager after just 11 games in charge recently, will pay a reduced fee of £1million (Sky).
It’s unclear how serious the interest from Celtic or Rangers was. The reigning Premiership champions filled a gap in Van Bronckhorst’s front line with Manchester United wonderkid Amad Diallo last month.
Postecoglou, meanwhile, returned to familiar hunting ground for J-League Golden Boot winner Daizen Maeda.
The Japan international opened his account just four minutes after making his debut in the 2-0 win over Hibernian. Matt O’Riley, meanwhile, arrived from MK Dons, alongside Johnny Kenny, Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate.
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