Barcelona was also interested in Sensi, but Inter got in the way


Inter's season has started as advertised, with the Nerrazurri only losing one game - to title rivals Juventus, after recording a perfect start. Even in the Champions League, where the results haven't been as great, Antonio Conte's side has been playing some beautiful football. A huge role in all of that had Inter's summer signing from Sassuolo Stefano Sensi.

The midfielder has played in six games this Serie A season and has already scored three goals. He was the only goalscorer in Inter's win against Udinese mid-September. The player who is on loan from Sassuolo with an option to buy has proven his worth already and the scouts at Guiseppe Meazza did their job right. But they weren't the only one.

Sassuolo's chief Giovanni Carneval revealed that Barcelona was also in for the 24-year-old Italian, but Inter were just quicker.

“When I was in Barcelona for the Marlon negotiations, one of the Barcelona executives asked me about Sensi. 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..." said Carneval referring to the incoming transfer of Marlon from Barca last summer.

But the 168 cms tall player didn't only thrill the scouts of European teams, his new teammate at Inter, veteran centre-back Diego Godin, singled him out as the player he was impressed with in his new squad. Like most of Europe, he wasn't aware of the qualities that the 24-year-old Italian had.

Stefano Sensi started in Cesena, played for San Marino, the club, for two years before moving to Sassuolo in 2016. He was loaned back to Cesena for half a season, and then proceeded to collect 61 caps for the green and black team in Serie A, scoring just five times.


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