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Juventus is prepared and ready to announce Dusan Vlahovic, Luca Bianchin of La Gazzetta dello Sport told Max Statman exclusively. The Serbian striker will have his medical on Saturday if he tests negative for COVID-19. Bianchin also touched on Alvaro Morata to Barcelona, Paulo Dybala’s contract, potential outgoings, Nahitan Nandéz and the next big target this summer.
It seems a certainty that Dusan Vlahovic will sign for Juventus and that the total price will be around 75 million euros. When will the Serbian have his medical and can we expect him to hold the Juve shirt?
“I think that today could be a key day, because Juventus will meet Darko Ristic, his agent, who should be in Turin. I’m quite sure the medicals could be on Saturday. The point is that Fiorentina didn’t call Dusan up for the game against Cagliari. We can see it moving all the time. We can assume he has COVID and he needs to be negative of course. In case he’s negative, the medicals will be on Saturday, except anything strange happens today, because Juventus still have to meet his agent.
Everything is prepared and ready for the announcement, but you can’t exclude for 100 percent that something will go wrong, even if we can say that the deal is done for 98 percent.”
So, if everything goes according to plan, Vlahovic should be available against Hellas Verona?
“Sure, he will.”
La Gazzetta dello Sport were the first to report that Juve were going to try and get Vlahovic in the last week of the transfer window. When did you and you colleagues get notice of a potential deal?
“First of all, I have to say that my colleague Fabiana Della Valle was the one to report. The day was last Thursday. We know that something was going to happen and an offer was ready. Of course you never know if Fiorentina would accept, in a complicated deal like this anything could go wrong, but it was big news and on our front page. It is one of those front pages that we will remember at the end of 2022.”
Was the initial plan to buy Vlahovic this summer?
“You can’t say it like that. The situation was fluid as we say. In a deal like this, for a player like that, you can’t be sure of basically anything, because this was just a complicated situation. The relationship between Fiorentina and Juventus, the level of the player, the chances that other clubs from the Premier League and Bundesliga in particular could be interested, La Liga too. What I think that would have happened in the summer regarding the best number 9’s in the world, Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappé, maybe Lewandowski, they could be ready to move. Vlahovic has a particular status, because he’s young and going fast, the price is high and everybody knew that. There’s also the fact that he’s going to be out of contract in June 2023.
If you sum all these things up, you can understand that it was too complicated to read in December, November or October. We knew that June was more probable than January because Vlahovic wanted to wait until June. Until December, we couldn’t exclude that Vlahovic decided to stay in Florence and play for Fiorentina for another year and a half.”
With Vlahovic joining, talks of Morata to Barcelona have intensified again. Will he stay this window?
“Morata is probably going to stay, because the deal is complicated. Atletico Madrid, the owner of the player, will not accept a loan to Barcelona for 18 months. We have to consider that Allegri wants Alvaro to stay and Barcelona also can’t sign him if they don’t sell, on loan or with another formula, a player like Ousmane Dembélé.
If you put together all situations, you have to understand that the chances of Morata going to Barca are not so high. In some way, it could be easier if another club from the Premier League would call Juve and propose a 6 month loan. That wouldn’t be a problem for Atletico Madrid and Premier League clubs of course don’t have the problems that Barcelona have.”
Paulo Dybala hasn’t extended his contract yet. We’ve seen claims that his future at Juve has become unsure after Vlahovic signing. What’s the latest news on his new contract and do you think he will renew?
“The latest news is that Jorge Antun, his agent, is now allowed to sign a contract and be an agent in Italy. If you want to be an agent in Italy, operate and walk as one, you have to be registered in an official list. He wasn’t, so he tried to register in the last months. In Italy, bureaucracy is always complicated, so it was one of the key aspects of this deal. Wednesday was the day, so starting from yesterday he’s registered and can be an agent in Italy.
I have to tell you it’s not serious to say yes or no from my point of view. The only serious thing to say is Juventus will meet the agent and talk about the deal. No one can be sure if Dybala will continue playing for Juve or not at the moment. What we can say and what La Gazzetta wrote in December, is that Juventus don’t want to offer the same contract they did a few months ago. He had an agreement with Juve for 8 million euros a year plus two million in add-ons. That contract won’t be on the table next month, so they have to start talking again and find another agreement on other bases.”
Bentancur, Arthur and Ramsey look to be the players with the biggest chance of leaving this week. Will any of them leave?
“It’s too difficult to say at the moment. If I have to bet, I would maybe say they will stay. I think Bentancur will in the end. Maybe Aaron Ramsey in case of an offer. He has the easiest situation, because Juventus do not consider him part of the team for 100 percent. He can leave immediately if a club comes.
With the other players, it’s much more difficult, because Juventus want to find a replacement. They thought about Nahitan Nández and called Cagliari to ask information about him. There’s 4 days until the end of the transfer window, it’s not easy to arrange a double lead in 4-5 days.”
You said Juventus have called Cagliari for information about Nandez. So if one of the three leave, Nandez could be the main name on the list, above Zakaria for example?
“The profiles are different. Zakaria has another level, he is the number one choice for Juventus. I’m not the best person to talk about Zakaria because I don’t know Monchengladbach in details. As far as I know, he prefers to wait until June and choose the destination for his next campaign in the spring. I think Zakaria is the number one option, Allegri loves him and his style of play, but he won’t be available and is probably too expensive now for Juve.
Nandez is another cup of tea. He could be the replacement if for example Bentancur leaves, but I can imagine that Juventus have other options.”
Wednesday evening, you reported that Everton are interested in Kulusevski. What’s the current situation?
“I think this is the typical last week situation, we know that Dejan could leave Juve. Of course it’s not easy to find the right balance between an offer and his desire. I didn’t talk to him personally, but in general from our experience, players don’t like to go on loan for 6 months. They prefer a bigger and longer project. What I can tell you is that for sure if a good offer comes, Juventus will evaluate and then probably accept it.
For sure the feeling between Massimiliano Allegri and Dejan Kulusevski was not so high, Allegri expected more from him. We can say now that he’s not a starter, so he has a good chances to leave on loan or some other option or formula. I think it would be okay for him, he demonstrated to be a really good player with Parma.”
What’s the main target this summer now that a new striker is secured?
“The next target is a centre midfielder, with specific characteristics. I think that Juventus will look to a player like Zakaria in particular. A central midfielder with personality, good body structure and defensive approach, so able to play in front of the two central defenders and recover balls in that big central area. That kind of player, so that maybe Locatelli can play a little more freely and attack.”
Exclusive interview with Mirko Di Natale on Milinković-Savić saga, Chiesa and Vlahovic future — incomings, departures and more
In an exclusive interview with Mirko Di Natale, a prominent journalist at Tuttojuve, we had the opportunity to delve into the pressing questions surrounding Juventus.
With the transfer market in full swing, fans are eagerly seeking updates on various players and potential targets.
From the potential involvement of Nicolo Rovella in the Milinković-Savić deal to the uncertain futures of Dusan Vlahovic and Federico Chiesa, there is much to discuss.
Additionally, the absence of Parisi from Juventus’ radar and the chances of Nicolo Zaniolo joining the club this summer have also piqued curiosity.
Furthermore, the situations of McKennie, Zakaria, and Arthur, who are reportedly likely to leave, are of great interest.
Lastly, the futures of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Cambiaso, and Kenan Yildiz at Juventus are subjects that demand attention.
Let’s delve into these questions and gain insights from Mirko Di Natale, a trusted source in the world of Juventus reporting.
1. Milinković-Savić is a hot topic at the moment, my concern is if Nicolo Rovella is involved in the deal. What’s the actual situation for this saga?
“Milinkovic-Savic is a player that Juve will always like. And he’s one of Allegri’s dreams. I’m working to understand if there will be a meeting next week with Lazio to talk about him. What I can say for sure is that Juventus have already had an agreement with their agent for some time now.”
2. Dusan Vlahovic and Federico Chiesa future remains uncertain, what’s the plan for them?
“Chiesa and Vlahovic weren’t happy with last season. There are many rumors around them, but neither of them – today – officially communicated to the club their intention to leave Juventus. For Juventus, they are two very important players, but if both or one of them ask to leave and there’s a big offer, then negotiations can start. On the contrary, they’ll stay in Torino.”
3. Juventus are missing out on Parisi and what are other Juventus targets this transfer market?
“Parisi is on standby, Juve spoke about him with Empoli but there have been no more meetings. Juventus are still on Parisi, the answer is yes. But many clubs want Parisi, not just Juve. Juventus are thinking about transfers, then they will think about signings.”
4. Nicolo Zaniolo is still a Juventus target? What’s the chances for him arriving this summer?
“Zaniolo, as he himself said, would like to go to Juventus. There are no negotiations with Galatasaray, there has been some contact to talk about other players as well.”
5. What’s the current situation on McKennie, Zakaria and Arthur who have reportedly likely to leave?
“The situation is very clear, they are three players who are no longer part of Juventus’ plans. Zakaria is very close to West Ham, there is optimism to close this deal well. Many clubs like McKennie, but so does Arthur there are no negotiations yet. With one difference: some good offers may come for McKennie, for Arthur it will be more difficult for me. Pastorello will have to do a great job.”
6. Then finally, what about Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Cambiaso and Kenan Yildiz future at Juventus?
“Bonucci wants to stay at Juve, but he earns a lot. I’m following the possibility of his possible farewell, but nothing concrete yet today. Cambiaso will start retiring, there are some requests from him for a loan (Bologna). Juve will evaluate his situation in the coming weeks. Yildiz will remain, he is non-transferable.”
Exclusive interview with Fabiana Della Valle on Juventus punishments, Vlahovic’s future, Rabiot and Di Maria latest plus more
Max Statman and Forza Juventus’s Max Aimé-Thierry sit down with La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Fabiana Della Valle, one of the most reliable journalists when it comes to Juventus, to talk about the Bianconeri.
Fabiana Della Valle said that Juventus are confident that the penalty of 15 points will be removed, and confirmed that Dusan Vlahovic is among the players who could leave Juventus in the summer if it doesn’t make the top four in Serie A.
She also said that it’s too early to talk about Massimiliano Allegri’s future, while Juventus hope to sell Denins Zakaria next summer, plus more as found below:
What do you think of Juventus’ punishment? Your personal opinion.
I am amazed that such a strong sanction has been reached and I am curious to read the reasons. In general, I think it would be fairer to punish the club with fines and bans on managers without penalizing the players and fans.
What are the sensations within Juventus after the club’s punishment?
There is the conviction of having suffered an injustice but also the confidence of being able to overturn the sentence.
Something about Allegri’s future after reports of possible contract terminations or renewals?
I think it’s too early to talk about it. He’s solid right now, but a lot will depend on how the Juventus season ends.
Which big names do you think could leave Juventus in the summer, especially if they fail to make the top four?
Rabiot for sure, which is expiring, Cuadrado and Alex Sandro will not renew. Without Champions Dusan Vlahovic could be tempted by the Premier.
Latest updates on Adrien Rabiot’s contract extension and other possible departures..
It will be hard to keep him, especially now. Juve may have a chance if there are no big offers for him. I believe that Di Maria will return to Argentina at the end of the season and that Paredes will not be redeemed.
Will Arek Milik be a regular Juventus player in the summer?
In his case, the redemption is a bargain (€7 million) and I think Juventus will keep him, also because they are doing very well.
Denis Zakaria had some good performances at Chelsea. What are the chances that they will trigger the release clause?
The possibilities are there and Juventus are hoping for it because a sale will be inevitable in June.
No contact between Juventus and Luis Enrique
There’s no contact between Juventus and coach Luis Enrique, Max Statman was told by transfer expert Nicolò Schira. The Spanish coach left his position at the Spanish National Team this morning after a disappointing World Cup exit against Morocco.
Massimiliano Allegri’s return to Juventus hasn’t been a big success yet. The Bianconeri started the season poorly and even crashed out of the Champions League in a group with PSG, Benfica and Maccabi Haifa. Before the World Cup break, Juventus climbed the league table and managed to secure 3rd place after a run of good results. Still, Allegri’ spot wasn’t the most secure one in the world.
Many Juventus supporters opted for replacing the Italian coach with Luis Enrique. The ex-Barcelona coach announced that he would be leaving the Spanish National Team on Thursday morning, but there’s no signs of Enrique joining Juventus, Nicolò Schira said. According to him, Enrique is in contact with Atletico Madrid to become Diego Simeone’s successor.
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