After playing the friendly in Murcia between the Colombian National Team and its counterpart from Saudi Arabia, Jhon Janer Lucumí entered in the second half and acted in that match that will be the starting point of the generational change that Néstor Lorenzo will have. The 23-year-old from Cali does not seem to have a clear future at Genk in Belgium and the charge for the central defender is the interest of clubs, including Serie A.
After an uneven season in Genk’s history, they failed to close out the Jupiler Pro League with a place in European competition, and as a result of that empty-handed year, the Belgian club are set to make a sweep in the summer of 2022. They will hear the offers that will come for players, and Jhon Janer Lucumí is waiting for the plans they have with him.
The Colombian who jumped from Deportivo Cali without any stopover to Genk in Belgium had previously called the interest of Sevilla in Spain, but before that the Belgian team came to keep the player’s services. The local media maintained that the poor results occurred at a difficult time economically for Racing Genk, and to remedy this, players could enter these operations, and among them the Caleño would appear.
After those interests for Sevilla in Spain, and that Genk took him away, Jhon Janer Lucumí is celebrating his fourth year with the Belgian team, and the poor results in this recently completed season put his continuity at risk. Fortunately, they appear interested in Serie A with the need to look for replacements in the defensive back such as Napoli for a possible departure of Kalidou Koulibaly, and Atalanta also in case Merih Demiral does not continue.
According to Calciomercato, the interest that attracts the most attention to Jhon Janer Lucumí is that of Napoli due to the central defender’s ambition to play in a European competition such as the Uefa Champions League, and that Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta does not offer him. The Neapolitans could activate the offer that brings the Caleño closer to a great Italian.
Caleño’s value has decreased over time, and this is also shown by Genk’s negative season. In 2021, its price was 13 million euros, which remains the maximum value of Lucumí. However, it has now dropped to 9 million, but Genk do not expect to sell it for less than 10 million, so Napoli and Atalanta will have to prepare an offer equal to or higher than that cost.