Inter Milan striker Sebastiano Esposito is pushing for a return to Sampdoria, putting his move to Empoli on standby.

This according to Italian broadcaster SportMediaset, via FCInterNews.

Young Inter striker Esposito spent last season on loan with Sampdoria in Serie B.

This was the sixth loan spell that the young striker has gone out on over the past few seasons.

Esposito had also had spells with the likes of SPAL, Venezia, and Bari in the Italian second division.

Meanwhile, the Inter striker had also spent the 2021-22 season on loan with Basel in the Swiss Super League.

And during the 2022-23 campaign, Esposito had been out on loan in Belgium. He spent the first half of that season playing for Anderlecht.

Sebastiano Esposito Pushing For Sampdoria Return – Empoli Move On Standby

There had been a fair bit of interest in Esposito’s signature from clubs in Serie A this summer.

And Empoli have looked to be the club who will win the race to sign the 22-year-old.

The Tuscan club have been in negotiations with Inter for over a week now. And the two teams have worked out all the details on an agreement for Esposito’s move.

Empoli are ready to sign the striker on an initial one-season loan deal. This would also contain the option to sign him on a permanent basis.

However, now it is Esposito himself who has put the brakes on things.

According to Mediaset, the 22-year-old’s preference would be to make the return to Sampdoria next season. Even though the Ligurians are still in Serie B after failing to win promotion last season.

As such, for now at least Esposito’s move to Empoli is on hold.

The question now will be whether Sampdoria can find an agreement with Inter to sign the striker. That would be the preference of the player himself.