Serie B side Genoa could be signing Uruguayan defender Alan Matturro from Sporting Difensor in a joint venture with Inter Milan, according to a report in Italian print media published today.

According to Milan-based Gazzetta dello Sport, as reported via FcInterNews, it cannot be excluded that the signing of Maturro to Genoa is a joint venture between Inter Milan and the Serie B outfit.

This report follows after Uruguayan top flight side Defensor Sporting’s President Alberto Ward told Uruguay radio station AM 970 Universal that Matturro was close to joining Genoa, in the immediate aftermath of winning the Copa AUF Uruguay yesterday evening.

The report adds, that these statements by Alberto Ward could also be a strategy to see if other interested clubs like Ajax as well as Inter Milan, will make a move if there is a real risk on missing out on the player.

Sporting Defensor won the inaugural tournament yesterday evening when 19 year old forward Andrés Ferrari scored the winner in the 90th minute against La Luz to secure the win.

Alan Matturro has according to reports these last few weeks in the Italian media, been linked with a January move to Inter but Genoa have now beaten the Nerazzurri to the player.

The recently turned 18 year old central defender has been likened to Uruguay and Juventus legend Paolo Montero after breaking into the Defensor Sporting first team last season picking up seven league appearances and scoring the one goal.