Preston North End captain Alan Browne is being touted with a move to Serie A at the end of the campaign, having entered into the final six months of his current deal.
The Republic of Ireland international is still plying his trade with promotion hopefuls Preston in the Championship and has been an integral part of Ryan Lowe’s side this term, making 29 appearances in all competitions for the Lilywhites, while scoring four goals and two assists.
However, the Irishman was the subject of interest from Salernitana in Italy’s top-flight late in the January transfer window. It was first reported by The Lancashire Post on the eve of deadline day that the Italian club had submitted an offer for Browne which was swiftly rejected by Preston.
This led head coach Lowe to reveal how shocked and surprised he was by the interest in Browne by Salernitana, while also claiming that a contract offer was on the table if the versatile midfielder wanted to extend his stay at Deepdale [quotes via The Lancashire Post]:
“I was shocked yesterday. I phoned Peter (Ridsdale, PNE director) and when I was on the phone, the email came through and we were all shocked really.
“But, he is a good player, isn’t he? So, he’s going to have interest and his contract is up at the end of the season.
“There is a contract offer on the table for him; whether he takes it or not is up to him.”
Salernitana didn’t manage to complete the signing of Browne after an offer was rebuffed by Preston North End but Sky Sports are reporting that Pippo Inzaghi’s side are determined to win his signature during the summer. The outlet are claiming that Salernitana will look to sign the 28-year-old at the end of the campaign on a free transfer.
This would be a massive loss for Preston North End. Browne is the club’s skipper and has been a mainstay in the squad for the guts of a decade. However, his dream of playing in the Premier League with the Lilywhites looks more unlikely year after year.
Perhaps the Irishman is hoping to play in a top European league and a move to Salernitana may be the only way of achieving this goal, meaning he would have to run down his contract which could leave Preston regretting rejecting an offer for him earlier in the week.