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USMNT prospect Gianluca Busio set to sign for Venezia

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Busio is highly rated in the US and beyond
Busio is highly rated in the US and beyond / John Dorton/ISI Photos/Getty Images

Gianluca Busio is set to depart Sporting Kansas City after agreeing to sign for Serie A side Venezia.

Busio is one of the United States’ most exciting prospects. Signing for Sporting KC as a Homegrown Player aged just 15, he made his MLS debut back in 2018. He soon rose to become an important figure in the first team and already has 70 senior appearances to his name, despite being just 19.

Gianluca Busio, Daniel Salloi
His departure is a big blow to Sporting KC / Bill Barrett/ISI Photos/Getty Images

According to Fabrizio Romano, Busio is set to take the next step in his career by signing for Venezia. Several other clubs were thought to be interested in the midfielder, including fellow Serie A side Sassuolo, who have a terrific reputation for developing young players.

Despite this, Busio has opted for newly promoted Venezia and he will arrive in Italy imminently to finalise the deal. Sporting KC will initially receive €4m for his services, although this will increase after add-ons. Venezia are returning to Serie A for the first time since 2002 this season after winning the Serie B playoffs last term.

This could turn out to be an inspired piece of business with Busio backed by many to go right to the top. He has already caught the attention of his country, representing the United States at various youth levels before being handed his senior USMNT debut earlier this month. 

Busio is an extremely versatile player capable of playing across the forward line and in a number ten position. However, over the past two seasons he has most frequently been used in a defensive midfield role. This is also where he has played during each of his appearances for the United States.

Technically sound, Busio rarely gives the ball away and also possesses terrific dribbling. He should slot in nicely in Serie A where registas are highly respected.