Borussia Dortmund to sign highly rated Italy youth international Samuele Inacio

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Sebastien Kehl, this winter, signed a trio of youth internationals, and this summer is back at it again. Joining Luca Reggiani is fellow Italian U-16s international Samuele Inacio. Like Reggiani, Inacio only turned 16 this year in April with the former's birthday in January.

Inacio still holds some youth international team experience with five U-16s caps and 2 goals, as well as 7 goals in 11 U-15s appearances. He can play anywhere across the frontline but is best suited to playing either on the left or as a central striker. His strength is his dribbling ability, and he also has exceptional technical quality.

As a dribbler, Inacio relies on that technique rather than his pace but certainly has a burst in him. As he matures with the u19s, he will need to develop physically. Inacio has also shown a range of finishing, cutting in for narrow finishes from either wing near the end line as well as from outside the box.

These skills should help Inacio fit in around the U-19s sooner rather than later with Charles Herrmann’s departure to Borussia Mönchengladbach, and Paris Brunner and Cole Campbell looking to break into senior football in the near future. 

Inacio comes out of the Atalanta academy which has fueled their recent successes including a Europa League triumph this past season.

Some of Atalanta’s past academy stars include Frank Kessie, Alessandro Bastoni, Amad Diallo and Dejan Kulusevski. While other clubs have spent massively on Atalanta’s U-21s players, Borussia Dortmund have attempted to move ahead of the curve before having to spend an inordinate fee on one of their young talents.

As academy players like Kjell Watjen and Tom Rothe seek to insert themselves as permanent members of the senior team, and players like Herrmann and Samuel Bamba depart the club for more first-team opportunities, Sebastien Kehl and BVB's backroom staff has found their replacements. Inacio may be a few years away from the first-team but has great promise. And it will be exciting to see how he develops in the coming years.