Bologna Sporting Director Marco Di Vaio has revealed that the Rossoblu moved in for Giovanni Fabbian after his move to Udinese stalled.

Speaking whilst unveiling the 20-year-old as a Bologna player, as reported by FCInterNews, Di Vaio gave the backstory for the player’s signing.

Bologna won the race to sign Fabbian this summer.

All of Lecce, Salernitana, Genoa, and Empoli also showed interest. Frosinone reportedly also wanted to sign Fabbian, possibly even loaning him from Bologna.

Udinese had looked like they were the team who would sign Fabbian.

The Italy Under-21 international had been part of negotiations between the Friulani and Inter for a transfer of midfielder Lazar Samardzic.

The Nerazzurri were ready to send Fabbian to Udine in addition to a cash fee to land Fabbian.

However, a dramatic collapse in Inter’s deal to sign Samardzic had ramifications for Fabbian’s move the other way. In the end, it was Bologna who swooped in and snapped the midfielder up after his move to Udinese fell through.

Di Vaio: Bologna Moved For Giovanni Fabbian After Udinese Deal Collapsed

Bologna Sporting Director Di Vaio said that “It’s a pleasure to unveil Fabbian. He was possibly the best midfielder in Serie B last season.”

“We had inquired about him before he agreed to join Udinese,” Di Vaio continued.

“Anmd then we re-entered the talks with Inter and with his agent as soon as his move to Udinese fell through.”

“We’re happy to have him here,” Di Vaio said. “We’re happy to give him the right place to take another step in his career.”

Di Vaio also confirmed that Inter have a buyback option on young midfielder Fabbian.

“In two years, Inter will have the chance to sign him back for a fee of €12 million,” he confirmed. “It’s the same terms as the deal they had with Udinese.”