Connect with us

Exclusives

Exclusive with Luca Bianchin: Vlahovićʼ medicals ‘will be on Saturday’, if he tests negative for coronavirus

Avatar

Published

on

Download Max Statman app here


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?

Advertisement

“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.”

Advertisement

So, if everything goes according to plan, Vlahovic should be available against Hellas Verona?

“Sure, he will.”

Advertisement

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.”

Advertisement

https://twitter.com/Gazzetta_it/status/1484390299317243905?s=20

Was the initial plan to buy Vlahovic this summer?

Advertisement

“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.”

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

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?

Advertisement

“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.”

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

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?

Advertisement

“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.”

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

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?

Advertisement

“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.”

Advertisement
x

Jurre van Wanrooij is a writer and lead match analyst for Max Statman. He was born and raised in The Netherlands, where he still lives. He is studying journalism and that’s why he joined Max Statman, so that he could develop his writing. Apart from Juventus, he also support PSV Eindhoven, the club closest to his home. The goal is to give you guys the best information about Juventus in English and be as reliable as possible.

Advertisement
Comments
Advertisement

MERCATO

Mercato2 days ago

Juventus given massive boost in Joshua Zirkzee race

Joshua Zirkzee has been linked with moves to several clubs in the upcoming transfer window. However, he might be available...

Mercato5 days ago

Khephren Thuram to Juventus

Khephren Thuram was rumoured to come to Juventus before last season, however his signing wasn’t completed because of his high...

Juventus face tough competition for Gudmundsson. (Photo: Gettyimages) Juventus face tough competition for Gudmundsson. (Photo: Gettyimages)
Mercato7 days ago

Juventus strategic offer for Gudmundsson as they face tough competition

Icelandic forward Albert Gudmundsson is in hot demand! A bidding war is heating up between Napoli, Inter, Juventus, and Tottenham...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus set to sign Michele Di Gregorio

Juventus has set their sights on Michele Di Gregorio, the current goalkeeper for Monza, as their future custodian, according to...

Mercato1 week ago

Bologna chief addresses Thiago Motta and Zirkzee future amid Juventus links

Bologna’s historic qualification for the Champions League casts a shadow of uncertainty over the future of coach Thiago Motta. Thiago...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus transfer plans revealed after Champions League boost

Preperations are underway at Juventus for a busy transfer window this summer. Juventus are wasting no time in planning for...

Mercato1 week ago

Italian journalist weighs in on Allegri and Motta’s Juventus futures

Juventus are set to have a new coach ahead of the next Serie A season. The fate of Massimiliano Allegri...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus in pole position to sign Riccardo Calafiori

Juventus has reportedly made significant progress in their pursuit of promising centre-back Riccardo Calafiori, placing them in a strong position...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus closing in on double swoop from Bologna

Riccardo Calafiori and Thiago Motta are both close to sealing Juventus moves. New rumours have come out about both of them...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus prioritises Federico Chiesa contract renewal

Juventus are prioritising securing Federico Chiesa’s long-term commitment and bolstering their midfield in the upcoming transfer window. The news of...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus set to meet Koopmeiners agent in coming days

Juventus are stepping up their efforts to sign Dutch midfielder Teun Koopmeiners, who is reportedly eager to leave Atalanta at...

Mercato1 week ago

Explained: Juventus strategy to bolster defence line

Strengthening the backline is one of Juventus’ main priorities this summer. Juventus come into the summer transfer market after failing...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus targetting Man City’s Yan Couto

The Brazilian right-back has earned a surprise call-up for the upcoming Copa America tournament. Brazil national team coach Dorival Junior...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus stance revealed on Kostic, Kean and Milik amid exit links

Juventus are looking to complete a major squad overhaul this summer. Juventus are set to overhaul their squad this summer, with Filip...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus join Barcelona in race for Martin Zubimendi

Zubimendi has emerged as one of the most exciting midfielders in the market this summer. Barcelona and Juventus are reportedly...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus eyes former striker as an alternative to Zirkzee

Álvaro Morata remains a target for Juventus as a potential alternative for young striker Joshua Zirkzee in the summer transfer...

Juventus Youth1 week ago

Juventus eyeing €100m revenue from Next Gen sales

Juventus are looking to make a significant profit from selling the likes of Matias Soulé and Dean Huijsen. Juventus could...

Mercato2 weeks ago

Juventus plot summer squad overhaul: Targets revealed for every position

Juventus are preparing for a squad overhaul that could change the face of their team for the next season. As...

Mercato2 weeks ago

Miretti and Djalo on loan as well as Giuntoli busy signing?

Rumours have come out that both Fabio Miretti and Tiago Djalo will leave Juventus on loan. Dusan Vlahovic has been...

Mercato2 weeks ago

Transfer rumours: Yildiz extension, Vlahovic exit, Rabiot replacment and more on Giuntoli’s mind

Find out the latest transfer updates for Juventus. Juventus have had another busy day in the transfer market. Yildiz is...

Mercato2 weeks ago

Calafiroi, Zirkzee and much more on Giuntoli’s wishlist

Rumours have been swirling around today crazily on the Juventus transfer window. There are more rumours around the signings of...

Mercato3 weeks ago

Transfer expert reveals two reasons why Giuntoli wants Mason Greenwood

Cristiano Giuntoli, the Juventus sporting director, has set his sights on a new target for the club for upcoming transfer...

Mercato3 weeks ago

Juventus closing in on two key signings

Juventus is making significant strides in the transfer market with the imminent signings of Riccardo Calafiori and Michele Di Gregorio,...

Mercato3 weeks ago

Juventus still monitoring Milan prodigy contract situation

Juventus are keeping a keen eye on the young talents that emerge in the market since Cristiano Giuntoli arrival. In...

Mercato3 weeks ago

Charly Alcaraz shares a message amid his uncertain future at Juventus

In a crucial month where present and future are at stake, the fate of Carlos Alcaraz at Juventus hangs in...

Mercato1 month ago

Danilo’s future at Juventus hinges on Allegri’s fate

Danilo’s future at Juventus is closely tied to the fate of the club’s manager, Massimiliano Allegri whose future remains uncertain....

Mercato1 month ago

Gasperini throws a dig at Juventus amid Koopmeiners interest

In a recent statement, Gian Piero Gasperini, the manager of Atalanta, addressed the transfer rumors surrounding Teun Koopmeiners, a midfielder...

Mercato1 month ago

Giuntoli ambitions at Juventus for the upcoming transfer window

Juventus faces the risk of a disappointing next season if it doesn’t undergo a significant overhaul across all aspects of...

Analysis1 month ago

Juventus reportedly interested in Jorginho: Transfer analysis

Jorginho is one of the names that has swirled around Juventus in recent transfer rumors, fueled by his agent’s comments...

Mercato1 month ago

Juventus in talks to sign Albert Gudmundsson

Genoa and Juventus have a long history of player exchanges, and it seems that this trend is set to continue...

Advertisement