Remember all the complaining we did about Frederik Sorensen being loaned out to Leeds United and subsequently not being given a chance by management to prove himself this season? I take it back. All of it. Well, at least for the time being, at least.
Pretty simple why: The eventful summer for young Freddie Sorensen of not knowing where he will be playing football next season just took another interesting turn.
Leeds United's attempt to sign Juventus defender Frederik Sorensen collapsed last night as a fall-out between the club and the player's agent prompted Leeds to abandon the move.
United pulled out of talks late yesterday evening after 48 hours of fraught negotiations with Sorensen's representative failed to force the transfer through.
Leeds had lined up a deal to to take the Danish centre-back on a year-long loan from Juventus and negotiated the option to sign him permanently next summer.
United owner Massimo Cellino claimed the signing was sealed on Wednesday afternoon, saying Leeds would pay a loan fee of around £400,000 and a further £3m in 12 months' time, but problems developed after another round of talks between the Elland Road club and Sorensen's agent on Thursday.
(Source: Yorkshire Evening Post)
Yeah, no wonder the official announcement never came. All of that waiting for nothing. I hope Sorensen got good news at his medical examinations earlier in the week, because it seems that's all it was worth based on these developments.
Could Leeds' loss be Juve's gain? At this point, it's hard to think that he will be a Juventus player for much longer. Heck, his representatives could be working on a new club to go right now as we speak. If Juve were willing to send Sorensen out on loan — and with a relatively cheap option to buy — to a Championship-level club, then Beppe Marotta could very be looking to loan him to another club as soon as humanly possible.
If it wasn't already, then this summer has shown us that — for whatever reason — the Juve management has cooled on the good vibes they had about Sorensen when he first broke into the first team's lineup four years ago. I guess having a productive loan/co-ownership spell at Bologna means much of anything right now with him being out of the picture in Turin. We can all hope Sorensen will be around come September and beyond, but it definitely doesn't seem like it's going to be a reality.
But, Sorensen is still a Juventus player — for now. It could be worse, I guess.
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