Italy U20 have qualified for the U20 World Cup Final for the first time ever: here’s who the Azzurrini are and how much they cost.



Thursday’s 2-1 win over South Korea in the semifinal sent Carmine Nunziata’s side to the U20 World Cup Final where they will face Uruguay on Sunday, June 11.

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As highlighted by La Gazzetta dello Sport, Chelsea loanee Cesare Casadei is the most valuable player in the Azzurrini squad. The 20-year-old midfielder joined the Blues from Inter for €20m last summer and spent the second part of the season on loan at Reading, coached by former Inter coach Paul Ince.

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The goalkeeper Sebastiano Desplanches, 20, costs around €300,000. He is a product of Milan‘s academy and joined Serie C side Vicenza last summer signing a contract until 2025. The other two keepers are Gioele Zacchi (Sassuolo) and Jacopo Sassi (Atalanta).

Right-back Mattia Zanotti plays for Inter and costs circa €500,000. He’s been training regularly with Simone Inzaghi’s senior team this term. On the other side of the pitch, Juventus NextGen’s Riccardo Turicchia has an estimated transfer value of €800,000.

Centre-back Daniele Ghilardi, 20, spent the last season on loan at Mantova from Hellas Verona and his transfer value is close to €500,000. Slightly more than Gabriele Guarino (€400,000). The 19-year-old is under contract with Empoli.

Inter’s Alessandro Fontanarosa is not a regular starter but still made four appearances playing in every role in defence at the World Cup. He costs €300,000

Central midfielder Matteo Prati’s SPAL costs €1m and he is expected to leave the club after relegation to Serie C.

Giacomo Faticanti of Roma made his senior debut under José Mourinho in Europa League this season and costs circa €800,000. His idol is Daniele De Rossi.

The price tag of Atalanta’s Samuel Giovane exceeds €1m. The 20-year-old midfielder spent the last season on loan at Ascoli and can play as a left-back or central midfielder. Luca Lipani, 18, was promoted to Genoa‘s senior team by Alberto Gilardino this season, earning promotion to Serie A. He costs circa €250,000.

Empoli’s Tommaso Baldanzi is one of the Azzurrini’s stars at the World Cup. With a price tag in the region of €13m, the promising attacking midfielder has been linked with a move to Milan in the summer.

Simone Pafundi, 17, is one of Italy’s rising stars. Already called up by Roberto Mancini in the senior team, his transfer value is circa €7m, but Udinese are not planning to sell. He sent Italy to the Final with a stunning free-kick against South Korea.

Francesco Pio Esposito is another Inter starlet in the team. He scored 15 goals with the Primavera team this season and netted once at the World Cup against Colombia. Sampdoria‘s Daniele Montevago, 20, was also one of the best players in the Primavera league this season. He scored 16 goals and played two games as a starter under Dejan Stankovic with the senior team in Serie A. His price tag is believed to be in the region of €500,000.

Napoli‘s Giuseppe Ambrosino, 20, spent the last season on loan at Como and Cittadella and costs circa €800,000.

The other players in the team are Duccio Degli Innocenti (Empoli midfielder) who played 21 minutes in the competition, Niccolò Pisilli (Roma midfielder) who played 7 minutes and Filippo Fiumanò (Juventus Next Geno on loan to Montevarchi) who racked up two minutes at the U20 World Cup.

One thought on “World Cup U20: Who are Italy’s players and what is their transfer value?”
  1. Let’s see if Italy can keep them instead of ignoring them and selling them like they usually do.
    It’d be nice to see Serie A sides throw these youngsters in and not still be calling them “young players” when they’re 26.

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