ANDERLECHTThe deal is complete: Sebastiano Esposito (19) moves from Inter Milan to Anderlecht. There is a rental agreement with purchase option. Esposito made his debut at Inter at the age of 17 and grew up there under the wing of Romelu Lukaku: “As a young guy you are nervous when you first step into the dressing room of the big boys. Lukaku immediately put me at ease. He is a unique person.”
You will never forget that first goal and certainly not when you are offered it by Romelu Lukaku. December 21, 2019, Inter lead 2-0 at home against Genoa when the home side are awarded a penalty. Romelu Lukaku, regular penalty taker, pushes the ball into the hands of Sebastiano Esposito. A few seconds later, 58,000 Nerazzurri join in to the rhythm of the stadium announcer: Sebastianooo, Espositooo! Lukaku presses his pupil to his chest and whispers something in his ear. The two become best buddies. Esposito takes the good advice of our compatriot to heart and considers Lukaku as his big brother. “As a young guy of 17 you are nervous when you first step into the big boys’ locker room at Inter,” Esposito once said in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Lukaku immediately put me at ease. He is a unique person, I want to learn a lot from him.” While Lukaku now returns to Inter, Esposito seems to be on his way to Anderlecht. Would ‘Big Rom’ have put in a good word?
Esposito, built in 2002, grew up in Castellammare di Stabia, a municipality in the Bay of Naples. He comes from a real football family. His father, grandfather and uncle all made it to professional football. And his younger brother Francesco Pio (U17 Inter) and his older brother Salvatore (SPAL) are prof. Sebastiano comes from the youth academy of Brescia, but already chooses Inter at the age of 12. In his youth he is seen as one of the greatest Italian talents. A real storm in the box, a striker who easily finds his way to the goal with both left and right. At the Primavera, the promises of Inter, he scores 31 goals in 37 matches. Manchester City informs, PSG contacts the dad, but Sebastiano remains loyal to Inter and wants to break through at the club of his heart.
Nevertheless, Inter and Esposito will part ways at the end of the 2019-2020 season. With next to Lukaku also Lautaro Martínez and Alexis Sánchez, the drumming is up front at Inter. Inter want to let Esposito gain experience and rent him to SPAL and Venezia in the Serie B. Last season Esposito tried at the highest level at FC Basel, now he is continuing his career this season at Lotto Park. It concerns a rental agreement, but Anderlecht does not pay any rent and it also managed to enforce a purchase option. According to Italian sources, that option to take over Esposito definitively at the end of this season would amount to ten million euros, but Inter also allowed a buy-back option to be included in the contract – it did that earlier with, for example, with Zinho Vanheusden. If the Italians want him back, they will pay 11.5 million euros, according to local sources.
Sebastiano is a young striker with great potential. He has great technical ability, is intelligent, thinks quickly and can score as well as let him score. He is strong in the combination and can also create something himself. All qualities that match well with RSCA’s DNA.
Sebastiano Esposito is delighted with his new employer. “I’m really looking forward to playing for RSCA this season,” he says on the website. “I’ve only heard good things about this club and the way they manage to develop young prospects. I’m also happy to be able to join the group early in the pre-season, so we can get ready for the start of the season together.”
Similar words from CEO Peter Verbeke: “Sebastiano is a young striker with great potential. He has great technical ability, is intelligent, thinks quickly and can score as well as let him score. He is strong in the combination and can also create something himself. All qualities that match well with RSCA’s DNA.”
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