Just like we all expected to happen this summer, Juventus are keeping that pipeline to Sassuolo going strong. There's Domenico Berardi and Simone Zaza. A few others along the way, too.
Chalk up another couple of Juventus-Sassuolo moves, guys and gals.
Juventus announced a pair of deals with Sassuolo on Thursday. The first being that homegrown midfielder and sometimes central defender Luca Marrone was bought outright after he — along with Berardi — had his co-ownership deals extended two weeks ago. The second sees backup defender Federico Peluso head to Sassuolo on a permanent basis for a transfer fee of €4.5 million.
The details, from juventus.com:
Juventus Football Club and U.S. Sassuolo Calcio have today reached an agreement on two transfer deals concerning Luca Marrone and Federico Peluso.
Marrone, who spent last season on a co-ownership agreement with the Neroverdi, will return to Juventus after the club paid a €5 million fee for the remaining 50 per cent of his transfer rights. He has signed a five-year contract.
Peluso, meanwhile, will join Sassuolo on a permanent basis after both clubs agreed a €4.5m fee payable over three years for the defender's services.
Two quick questions...
- How will Juventus survive going forward without the constant threat of Federico Peluso being shown a yellow card every time he steps on the field?
- Does Luca Marrone, a former Juve youth product, actually figure into Juventus' plans next season?
Marrone battled injuries throughout his season at Sassuolo, limiting him to just 15 appearances (14 starts) in the center of the Neroverdi midfield. Not exactly what we figured was the plan so Marrone, who was sent to Sassuolo right before the transfer window closed last summer.
I guess it's just wait-and-see mode at this point when it comes to Marrone's immediate future. There have been rumors that he could be included in some kind of transfer to bring down the potential fee. According to some other outlets, Palmero have also expressed interest in the 24-year-old Marrone as they look to strengthen their squad in their return to Serie A.
Or, he could just stay at Juventus and playing for known-admirer Antonio Conte once more. That'd be perfectly okay, too, ya know.
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