Throughout the transfer windows, especially the recent versions, we've not only seen Juventus try and upgrade the talent on its roster for the immediate future, but also that of the club's long-term vision. Some of those players for the long term have helped right off the get-go — "Hi, my name is Paulo Dybala! — while others are projected to make their bigger impact down the road.
Could Genoa midfielder Rolando Mandragora be the latest? According to reports out of Italy on Monday, Juventus' interest in the young midfielder has materialized into something that could mean another talented Italian coming to the Italian champions.
Juventus continues to try to add prospects for the future. The bianconeri's most recent target is Genoa midfielder Rolando Mandragora who is currently on loan at Pescara. Mandragora is considered the best prospect born in 1997 currently playing in Italy. Juventus has an agreement in principle with Genoa to acquire him, now they need to convince the player and his agent Vincenzo Pisacane. There will be a meeting between the parties in the upcoming days. There are many clubs other than Juventus pursuing the player including Paris St. Germain, Liverpool and Manchester City.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
In a way, this is different than the way we usually hear about things. First, it's the club and player agreeing to personal terms because the perceived easier of the two points to agree upon. Then, after that, it's the two clubs trying to find an agreement that will see the player go from one spot to the other. But in the case, if this report is to be believed, Juventus has some work to do with the player and his agent to close the deal out.
Mandragora, still just 18 years old, made his Serie A debut against Juventus as a 16-year-old a little over a year ago, a game Juve lost 1-0 at the Luigi Ferraris. He has been a part of the Italy Under-21 national team since August, making six appearances since then. Mandragora made a handful of appearances with Genoa before the 2014-15 season came to an end, and has been on loan at Pescara in Serie B since the start of this season.