Senan Mullen, the young Irish midfielder heavily linked with the Imps this window, is close to a move to Torino in Serie A.
Toro News reports the 18-year-old is close to securing a move to the Turin giants, who finished 10th in Serie A last season. Known as Il Vecchio Cuore Granata, Torino are one of Italy’s oldest and proudest clubs, and they’re currently 10th in the division, just three points outside the European places. They last appeared in European competition in 2019/20, and despite winning five Serie A titles, they have only triumphed once since the forties and not at all since 1976.
However, this looks like a huge move for the youngster with whom we were heavily linked. He was on trial at the back end of last season, appearing against Boston in the infamous Lincolnshire Senior Cup game. He was later believed to have been on trial again, and it was widely reported he was in the stands as we drew 0-0 with Derby County a couple of weeks ago. At that stage, it looked like he might become an Imp, with his Dundalk manager saying he had opportunities in England. That now appears not to be the case.
‼️Il @TorinoFC_1906 chiude per il classe 2005 Senan #Mullen. Il centrocampista irlandese del @DundalkFC è in arrivo in città e sosterrà oggi le visite mediche. Si unirà alla formazione #Primavera di #Scurto. #Torino
— Toro Goal (@ToroGoal) January 30, 2024
Mullen is considered something of a hot prospect over in Ireland, where he has recently broken through with Dundalk. He made his first team debut in September, having been at Oriel Park for four years. He’s appeared for The Lilywhites from Under 15 level through to the first team, and he ended the season with four outings, two of which were starts.
In October, he appeared for Ireland’s Under 19 side against Scotland as an 86th-minute sub, before starting the win against Faroe Islands a couple of days later. Less than a month before his Imps trial, he was drafted into the Ireland Under 19 squad for their UEFA European Championship Qualifiers against Albania, Slovenia, and Belgium, coming off the bench in the first and last matches.