La Stampa: Juventus interested in Torino defender Danilo D’Ambrosio

Valerio Pennicino

A transfer rumor that actually has some sense behind it? This is shocking! Shocking I tell you!

There's a lot of nonsense going around these. Players supposedly being targeted by this team, players supposedly leaving the club for another reason, Inter Milan doing whatever the hell it is they do. A lot of stuff, man. A lot of stuff that, when you think about it really quick, makes you tilt your head to the side like a confused puppy.

But there was something that actually made some kind of logic on Thursday. Don't worry. I'm being completely serious.

To Football Italia we go!

Juventus have entered negotiations for Danilo D'Ambrosio, further igniting tensions between themselves and Inter.

Okay, tell me more. I'm intrigued now.

La Stampa report that the Old Lady are now turning their attentions to the Toro defender, despite a widely held belief that the player already has an agreement with the San Siro outfit.

D'Ambrosio is expected to join Inter in the summer when his contract at Torino expires.

However, the paper believes that Antonio Conte's men are now keen on bringing the full-back across the city, and are willing to pay for the privilege this month.

There's the obvious narrative that Juventus would be screwing with Inter's transfer plans for next season. And, to be honest, who would want to see Juve piss off Inter after what went down earlier in the week? There's no better type of schadenfreude than schadenfreude that involves Inter.

But here's the thing: Regardless of the legitimacy of this rumor, it actually makes a pretty decent amount of sense.

La Stampa could just be jumping on the Juve-Inter wagon because of what's happened earlier this week. They see that D'Ambrosio has been continuously linked with a move to Inter over the summer and just figured 'Hey, there's a pretty decent team who just had a deal fall apart with Inter..."

OR...

Maybe there's some kind of truth behind it all. And if that's the case, then it's not even close to being a bad thing.

Having options at left wingback — or leftback if Antonio Conte wants to go with a four-man defense — is something that has eluded Juventus in the Conte era. It's been discussed, so no need to go any further than we already have. But you think about what a solid player D'Ambrosio would add to the roster. Yeah, that's the kind of thing I'd like this January — nothing spectacular, but something that improves the squad.

Now if only we knew for certain that La Stampa's report was actually legit rather than a bunch of hooey.

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