So, in the flurry that was Wednesday afternoon's Arturo Vidal-Bayern Munich transfer rumor explosion, we've also had this little piece of information come our way. It doesn't necessarily involve a direct replacement for King Arturo, but certainly a distinct correlation as to how his transfer fee money will be used.
With Vidal on his way to Bayern Munich, Juventus is working on adding a midfielder. The bianconeri have contacted Schalke 04 about Julian Draxler, who despite only being 22 already has a World Cup on his resume. While there is a €45 million exit clause in his contract, his recent injuries could allow Juventus to close the deal for between €15 and €20 million.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
As you can clearly figure out, the Italian media's line of thinking is that the money Juventus will get from a potential Vidal move to Bayern Munich will directly result in the Italian champions going after a No, 10. Not that it's been a secret or anything like that this summer. Out of all the moves Juve have made, getting a playmaker behind the strikers has been the one thing that hasn't happened yet. Max Allegri wants a trequartista, has quoted in the Italian press as saying he wants a trequartista, and with an influx of money he may get a trequartista.
Is Draxler the right man for the job? He's certainly talented, there's no denying that. But is he worth the exorbitant buyout clause that would see all of the possible Vidal money go up in a puff of smoke? Ehhhh.
For that kind of money, wouldn't you prefer Beppe Marotta and Co. try and sign somebody like, say, Isco? I think I would.
Something tells me if this actually happens, young Julian will be making a call into his German teammate Sami Khedira to ask him about life at Juventus. Not that Khedira has a huge sample size when it comes to how long he's actually been a Juventus player, but there's nothing against calling the captain, right?