While a move for the top striker has already been completed, Juventus' rumored move for Simone Zaza looks to be reaching the finish line. It's no surprise, really. This is what Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici have basically done every summer ever since they arrived at Juve three years ago.
But now the wheels are certainly in motion, with only a couple of minor tidbits to be finalized before Zaza is a Juventus-owned player...and then subsequently sent out on loan to Sassuolo.
"We have already spoken to Juventus, but still need to whittle down a few details to complete the move," said Sassuolo director general Nereo Bonato on TuttoJuve.
"For Boakye we have to wait and see what Genoa and Juve intend to do. At the moment he is at the Under-20 World Cup, so when he returns we'll discuss the situation.
"He has done well with us over the past two years and we'd like to keep him in the Neroverde jersey."
The rumored move for the 22-year-old Under-21 international — which only seems like a formality at this point — has been for Juventus to secure full ownership of another young striker, Manolo Gabbiadini, and immediately flip half of his registration rights along with a couple million euros over to Sampdoria for Zaza. Then, as Bonato has basically said, Zaza would then spend the season on loan at Sassuolo — a place where Boakye thrived last season during a loan spell of his own.
The 20-year-old Ghanian, who is currently co-owned between Juventus and Genoa, scored 11 goals this past season for the newly-promoted side. There's no reason to think he won't spend another season at Sassuolo, especially with another Juve-owned player heading in that direction.