Cyriel Dessers to leave Genk for Cremonese in €6.5M move

Cyriel Dessers is set to leave Genk and head to Italy, signing for Serie A side Cremonese for an initial fee of €6.5 million.

Dessers only returned to the Belgian club this summer after last season on loan at Feyenoord. In that spell, he scored 22 goals in all competitions, catching the eye of many.

As a result of those performances, Cremonese and FC Kobenhavn were both interested in signing him in this transfer window, and the former are now set to do so.

According to Het Nieuwsblad, the Italian side will pay Genk €6.5 million up-front plus added bonuses should they avoid relegation this season.

The publication report that he will undergo his medical on Monday with the deal likely to be announced shortly after that.

The move comes as no surprise with the Nigerian striker confirming after his side’s match on Saturday that he was hoping to leave for a new challenge.

“I’m curious, yes. Serie A has always been a dream for me. Ever since the beginning of my career. That dream is now very close,” he said.

“For me it is also important that I do not go there to be a third striker somewhere but that I play effectively and get the chance to prove myself in a stronger league.

“It’s going to be a very different kind of football. With Cremonese, I’m probably not going to play for the title, no. But this opportunity is now passing and I want to seize it. I’m almost 28 years old and feel it’s time for something new.”


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