The Egyptian at Liverpool earns 11 million: in Turin Vlahovic’s seven seem to be the new limit, but you can never tell. The road that leads to the two Azzurri, always liked by Allegri, is more feasible
Since yesterday there is a free spot in attack, and also some space in the wage ladder. Since yesterday at least everyone knows, even those who are destined to create that free place, Paulo Dybala. At Juventus, in reality, the decision has probably been made for a while and as is normal (the less usual things in this story have been others) the company is probing the market to evaluate every possible solution and opportunity. Even those that at first glance seem more complex and ambitious. Mohamed Salah, 153 goals in five seasons (the last far from over) with Liverpool, falls into the latter category. The Egyptian has a contract expiring with the Reds in June 2023, renewal negotiations have been open for a while but have not led to any progress. Coach Klopp, speaking about it, seemed almost resigned: “The club cannot do much more, but there is nothing definitive”. Players of this kind, just over a year after the expiry of the contract, automatically end up on the market.
This is why Juve asked for information on his situation. Salah would be a perfect complement to a trident with Vlahovic as a landmark and Chiesa on the left; he is a top player on the international scene (with an incredible following on all North African and Middle Eastern markets); he would be more than welcome to Allegri. Liverpool, with the purchase in January of the Colombian Luis Diaz, left winger (45 million plus 15 bonus) has begun a renewal of the attacking trident that has made the recent fortunes of the club. The Reds may not have closed a possible sale, given the contractual situation, but the operation for the Juventus club remains complex. The striker who has won everything with Liverpool currently earns 11 million euros net and in the talks with Liverpool he would have asked for many more for what could become his last big contract (he is 29 years old). Juventus also indicated in recent negotiations with Dybala the desire to keep salaries under control: Vlahovic, who signed for seven million, would be the new “limit”. If he were rigid, the hopes of pleasing Momo would be low, but the same Vlahovic deal has confirmed that in Turin they can change plans, in the face of favorable situations and if the owner’s okay arrives. The tax concessions of the Growth Decree make it possible to hire players from abroad with a favorable tax rate that reduces the impact of a super-salary on the gross. Even so, the operation is considered rather complex, especially since it would go beyond the project of investing in players who can be resold in the future, generating capital gains. But the technical appeal of the idea remains.
As mentioned, it is a phase in which the head of the sports area Federico Cherubini acts on several fronts (on that of the renewals the match for De Sciglio has been postponed): the hottest name, among the reinforcements for the attack, remains that of Nicolò Zaniolo, 22 years old and a contract with Roma until 2024. The first “exploratory” contacts with the agent date back to December and the player has shown signs of appreciation for the solution: currently he has a quotation of 40-50 million and should convince the Giallorossi club to negotiate. But Zaniolo, who a few years ago ended up in the famous Paratici “pizzino”, has all the characteristics that the new Juve like, both for his identity card and for his physical and technical skills. With him the trident would take on an even more muscular form, of jerks and power. Different from the one he has with Morata, whose stay can pass from a substantial discount to Atletico on the redemption figure. The other player monitored is Giacomo Raspadori, who instead can act as a second striker or finisher behind the center forward in a more classic way. Relations with Sassuolo, among whose players Allegri also appreciates Berardi, are “tested” and the CEO Carnevali on Monday did not close to “new business” on the board. At the moment many roads remain open: some are more direct and easy, others winding and uphill. But both with Vlahovic and with Dybala the current Juventus has shown that they know how to surprise.
March 23 – 07:40
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