One of Juventus' most versatile and handy pieces no matter if it's in the starting lineup or off the bench is going to be sticking around for a while. Not that it's much of a surprise whatsoever.
Juventus announced on Tuesday that they have bought midfielder Roberto Pereyra outright from Udinese for €14 million. The dynamic and energetic midfielder joined Juventus a year ago on a Beppe Marotta Special — on loan with an option to buy the next summer. And as you can see, he becomes the latest Udinese player to join Juventus outright.
Here are the full financial details, courtesy of Juventus' official website:
Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces the exercise of the option right for the definitive acquisition of the player Roberto Maximiliano Pereyra from Udinese Calcio S.p.A. for a consideration of € 14 million to be paid in three years. The purchase value may increase by a further maximum of € 1.5 million on Juventus achieving given sports performances before 30 June 2020.
The player contract will last until 30 June 2019.
Pereyra becomes the latest transfer in a flurry of moves to begin the summer for the four-time Italian champions. It's not like he was going anywhere, though — and that's in large part to his performances in his first season in Turin. The 24-year-old Argentine appeared in 52 games in all competitions this past season. All of his six goals were scored after the calendar flipped over to 2015, including this beautiful one against Hellas Verona on the final day of the season.
Pereyra's versatility — he played on the wing, as a center midfielder and behind the strikers as a trequartista — proved to be a huge asset for Max Allegri as the first-year Juventus manager dealt with injuries galore up and down the roster. He also was a late-game option off the bench once those injured players got healthy, with his boundless amounts of energy and running a huge advantage against tiring opponents.
So, we welcome you to Turin again, Roberto. Not that you were ever going to leave after the season you just had.