Juventus has gotten a lot of their incoming transfer business done early, meaning there's plenty of time for second part of the equation — selling players. Understandably, there are plenty of rumors as well as possible destinations being thrown about out there surrounding those players who are expected to be heading out at some point this summer.
One of those who is expected to bring back a decent amount of money is defender Angelo Ogbonna, who hasn't exactly been one of Beppe Marotta's best buys since arriving from Torino two years ago.
After making numerous purchases, Juventus is focused on selling. At the top of the list is defender Ogbonna, who is being pursued by Everton and West Ham. His agent met on Monday with the Hammers, who are i the lead. Tuesday is expected to be the decisive day to find out his new team. Ogbonna is close to joining a Premier League team.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
Get that EPL money, Beppe. GET. THAT. MONEY.
And, just for the record, ESPNFC reported late Monday (European time) that West Ham agreed to a deal for Ogbonna, but nothing further has materialized — both in the English and italian media.
There's no denying Juventus currently has a surplus of central defenders right now when you add young starlet Daniele Rugani — who spent last season on loan at Empoli — into the mix for next season. Rugani is ready for the big show, and it's not like any of Juve's other four center backs (BBC plus Martin Cáceres) are going anywhere anytime soon. That means somebody has to be moved, and it's pretty clear that Ogbonna will be that player making way for Rugani to play at Juventus next season.
Seeing as he's gone from a starter and focal point at Torino to a bench player the past two years at Juventus, playing time will likely factor into Ogbonna's decision. I don't blame him. The guy clearly has talent and has been in the Italian national team's pool of players when he does play — even somewhat regularly from time to time. And at age 27, there's still time for Ogbonna to become a regular player with the national team. But to do that, he needs to play, and that's clearly not going to happen on a consistent basis at Juventus as long as the players in front of him are healthy and available for Max Allegri to play time.