Genoa sporting director Marco Ottolini acknowledges the difficulty of maintaining Inter Milan transfer target Albert Gudmundsson beyond the current campaign.

The 26-year-old is enjoying an astonishing breakout campaign at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium. He has cemented himself as the Grifone’s ultimate talisman, netting 15 goals already despite playing as a second striker or an attacking midfielder.

The Iceland international has attracted interest from a host of suitors in Italy and abroad, including the Nerazzurri.

Inter are reportedly working on a formula to lure the talented star to Appiano Gentile. They could propose a loan offer with an obligation to buy while also inserting the young Mattia Zanotti into the operation.

However, the player himself revealed his ambition to play in the Premier League.

But in any case, Genoa’s sporting director realizes that keeping Gudmundsson in Liguria will be a daunting task.

“It’s difficult to keep him because the players have ambitions and plans for their careers,” said Ottolini in his interview with CaughtOffside via FcInterNews.

“When the big clubs call, you must reflect on the matter. We raised his salary and extended his contract, now we’ll see.”

“It won’t be easy to keep him another year. We didn’t slap an asking price on his back, as we have to see what the market will say.”

The Grifone director reveals that no club has yet to make a concrete approach for Gudmundsson.

“At the moment there are no open windows, but only interests. We will see in the summer what the possibilities are and we will have to be prepared to replace the player.

“After all, a sporting director must be ready for every scenario,” concluded the 44-year-old.