With co-ownership coming to an end after the 2014-15 Serie A season, clubs all over the country will be forced to figure out what they want to do with some of their players. On transfer deadline day, Juventus has gotten one of their biggest names out of the way with plenty of room to spare.
Juventus announced on Monday it has bought the contract of talented defender Daniele Rugani outright from Empoli. As part of the deal, Rugani will stay with the Serie A new boys for the rest of the current season and will return to Turin shortly thereafter, setting the stage for one of the newest Italian internationals to be a part of the Juventus roster in the 2015-16 campaign.
The full-length press release, courtesy of the Juventus press office:
Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that it has terminated in its favour the current player sharing agreement with Empoli FC S.p.A. (ex art. 102 bis N.O.I.F.) concerning the registration rights of the player Daniele Rugani. The sum for the termination has been set at € 3.5 million that will be paid by Juventus in four football seasons.
The contract of employment signed by the player with Juventus will last until 30 June 2019.
The player will still be registered with Empoli up to 30 June 2015, based on the existing temporary disposal agreement.
Outside of snapping up his contract in full, keeping Rugani at Empoli for the rest of the season was one of the easiest decisions Juventus had to make during the transfer window. He will continue to get huge amounts of playing time as long as he stays healthy, and will continue to develop as a player just like he has the last year and a half at Empoli.
For a player like Rugani, who at the age of 20 is being tipped for big things at Juventus, his continued development is probably the most important thing going for him right now. And now that we know he will be staying at Empoli instead of coming back to Juventus to be a seldom-used reserve, that will happen.
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