Genoa sign Gentiletti from Lazio

The defender will be hoping to put his injury miseries behind him as he joins his eighth club

Genoa sign Gentiletti from Lazio
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Genoa have today announced the capture of Santiago Gentiletti on a three-year-deal from Lazio through a statement on the club website.

The 31-year-old Argentine was entering the final year of his contract at the Stadio Olimpico and it is reported that the fee involved is minimal.

Gentiletti joined the aquile this time two years ago and found opportunities to impress largely limited mostly down to a recurring knee problem, which limited him to just 30 appearances across his spell in all competitions.

The central defender has already linked up with his new team mates at their pre-season training camp in Neustift, Austria. The Grifone will play Lega Pro outfit Sudtirol and Turkish side Caykur Rizespor in the coming days having already seen off local opposition 18-1.

Third signing this summer

Gentiletti joins Davide Voltan and compatriot Lucas Ocampos through the door at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Voltan joined Genoa from Serie A newboys Crotone at the start of the month while Ocampos joins initially on loan, with an option to buy from Marseille. Voltan who is primarily a striker can also double up as a winger while Ocampos is an out and out winger.

The signing of Ocampos will no doubt come as a sign of relief for the club and fans alike who are still hoping the void left by Iago Falque - who left for Roma in 2015 but has since joined Torino having been unable to recapture the form that earned him his big move - can be filled after his intial replacement Serge Gakpe failed to do so and was consequently loaned out to Atalanta for half of last season. 

Ocampos in action against Lyon | Photo:
Ocampos in action against Lyon | Photo:

Ocampos, now 22 was tipped for big things when he broke onto the scene at River Plate and a big money move to noveau riche Monaco followed. Unable to fill Monaco's hopes, the youngster was moved on loan to Marseille where he would sign on a permanent basis last summer. Ocampos was however largely in the shadow of Tottenham bound Georges-Kevin N'Koudou for much of last season and when given the opportunity struggled to put in performances that warranted him displacing the Frenchman with just 17 appearances in all competitons last term. There is no reason to suggest that given the right coaching and plenty game time that Ocampos can't reach the levels that were once hoped of him.