The team could remain this, but the Bosnian is hoping for a return. Contacts with PSG for Icardi, but Maurito …
Thunder can be heard loud in the distance, but no one knows if it will rain. The storm on Saturday evening left Juventus to think about its limits and doubts. The most current one: does it make sense to return to the market in the last two days? On the one hand, the technical doubts: Empoli has shown that this team has problems in the middle of the field and in front of the goal. On the other hand, wisdom – pressing the panic button is never convenient – and the house bills, which do not allow for large investments. Exor has advanced the payment of 75 million in view of the capital increase, eliminating the problems with the liquidity indicator, but attention to the accounts remains high. And above all, at the moment in society the choice to remain faithful to the project seems to prevail, without investing at the last minute on two players only for a negative start: 48 hours from the end of the transfer market, it is more than possible that no other players will arrive.
THE TWO FIELDS
Thoughts remain, however, and Juve reflect, especially on a reinforcement in the middle of the field, which Allegri would appreciate. Even in the last few hours, there has been no lack of surveys, exploratory phone calls and reasoning. Two fronts. One in midfield, with Pjanic favored over Witsel. One in attack, with Icardi a remote hypothesis.
THE MIRALEM CASE
Pjanic, therefore. In these hours the contacts are resumed in a clear way. There is no need to talk about a real negotiation because Barcelona and Juve have been putting their cards on the table for at least a month. The Blaugrana club has given its willingness to grant a dry loan and is willing to pay half of the salary. For his part, Federico Cherubini, head of the Juventus sports area, has acknowledged that the Catalans are not interested in signing up a Juventus player in exchange and taking charge of his salary. So at Continassa they froze the practice, perhaps waiting for an exit to lighten the salary. That’s why it’s always right to watch out for Weston McKennie. Tottenham’s interest is concrete, with their mentor Fabio Paratici interested in a loan and above all in an exchange, frustrated by the fact that the Bianconeri are not interested in having Sissoko or Ndombelé. And in any case, Juve is not interested in lending McKennie: with a farewell to Italy, the benefits of the Growth Decree would be lost, that is to say the taxes counted at 50 percent.
WITSEL AND TOLISSO
Miralem Pjanic, however, hopes for the return and yesterday he cooled down the conversations with Sevilla, obviously enticed by the opportunity of the loan. Mire prefers to return to Turin and has made it clear to everyone. Needless to say, Allegri would gladly embrace him again. So this candidacy has fatally regained altitude. In parallel, last week the dialogue with Borussia Dortmund was started for the Belgian Witsel, already in the past associated with the bianconeri. The latest exit polls, however, do not allow for substantial progress. The economic outlines of the operation are not exactly soft and Emre Can, former Juventus and defensive midfielder like Witsel, has just injured in Dortmund. So the coach Rose would not want to give up the Belgian and his deputy René Maric on Twitter wrote: “Axel away? It is nonsense”. On the other hand, the prices of the Frenchman Tolisso appear to be clearly lower: also in this case it is almost impossible to think of a loan and to get to the former Lyon (always liked by Allegri) an investment that is not on the agenda would be required.
The second front is the most fascinating: Mauro Icardi. Juventus also called PSG yesterday and the intermediaries were working to see if the operation was feasible. The answer is yes for 2022: a plan to bring Icardi to Turin between January and June is on the table. The current discourse is less simple. Technically, the addition would be clear: an area striker for a team that struggled so much to frame the goal against Empoli. Max Allegri likes not since yesterday, for years. Also for this reason, the suggestion remains. The Icardi affair, however, is complicated for many reasons, not least Mauro’s salary and the dynamics of the PSG. The salary of the former Inter captain – 8 million per season plus 2 bonus – calls for caution, and Leonardo’s choices are obviously linked: Icardi also depends on Mbappé. A loan with obligation to redeem cannot be excluded, but the response on Sunday evening was clear: Mauro now remains at PSG. And the weather forecast? They say that the thunder, between today and tomorrow, will continue to be heard. In the last two days of the market, it always goes like this.
August 30, 2021 (change August 30, 2021 | 08:40)
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