He only wore the red and white for six months, and some fans could be forgiven for forgetting that he is still technically an Atlético player, but the nightmare transfer that was Alessio Cerci is set to take another twist today as the Italian winger seals a loan move to Genoa.
After going the other way in an 18-month loan swap-deal with AC Milan, Alessio Cerci hasn’t enjoyed the best of times back in Italy.
“He’s been a huge disaster,” said Meytar, the Editor and one of our friends over at RossoneriBlog.com.
“Last season, Inzaghi really pushed to sign Cerci, but when he arrived in January, he showed absolutely nothing that could actually make him worthy of becoming a part of the starting eleven.”
Atlético fans will know the feeling.
“Our new coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has played him many times, both as a starter and as a sub, but apart from a few very bright matches, the 28-year-old has been extremely poor.”
Milan had been trying to get rid of Cerci for weeks, and now look set to do so after the player agreed to go to Genoa until the rest of the season.
The deal could have been wrapped up a long time ago, but despite having the green-light from Atlético, Genoa and the player, the Qatari fund that owns part of Cerci’s rights were adamant they only wanted to sanction a permanent transfer, and not another loan deal.
It looks as if the Qataris have backed down, and Alessio Cerci is due to have a medical with his new club today.
This deal will take the winger until the summer, where he will have a year left on his Atlético contract.
But can we see the Italian in the red and white of Atlético once more?
“He’s been frozen out of the Milan squad at the moment. He got a lot of insults after the Bologna match in which he missed a huge chance,” said Meytar.
“Cerci gets a lot of hate on Twitter, and over at our site too. I think it’s unlikely we’ll ever see him play for Atlético Madrid again.”
In tribute to the ex-Torino man, here’s his best moment on the field for Atlético.