Sometimes you log onto the internet and see things you didn't really expect to see. Here is one of them:
Juventus has many options up front this, and Simone Zaza maybe the odd man out. After joining the bianconeri after playing for Sassuolo, the striker could be leaving for the Premier League. After landing Ogbonna, West Ham has made an offer to Juventus for Zaza- loan with financial considerations as well as an option to buy. Zaza's agent is in London to ponder West Ham's offer, the striker wants to play in the next Euro and wants to understand what plans Juve has for him as well as the details of the English club's offer. Should Zaza feel that he won't play much under Allegri he could be on his way to England.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
You read that right, folks. The agent for the same Simone Zaza who Juventus paid €18 million for this summer — although not actually €18 million considering all the money that has changed hands over the past two years in Zaza-related moves — is reportedly in London to discuss the young Italian heading to West Ham on loan with an option to buy.
Why the sudden change?
Well, let's see here and try to think this thing out.
Juventus has been trying to get down to five strikers all summer long since their Dybala-Mandzukic-Zaza triple purchase within a few short weeks of one another. All the reported offers that Fernando Llorente received obviously didn't entice him to leave, and based on how that has gone, it's not exactly looking — at least right now — there will be a ton of teams trying to sign Llorente before the transfer window closes at the end of the month. There's been that Real Madrid rumor all summer, but nothing has happened there, obviously.
And maybe when Max Allegri made his second-half substitutions in Sunday's 1-0 loss to Udinese we saw his striker pecking order — or at least some version of it. There was Kingsley Coman and Mario Mandzukic starting with Paulo Dybala and Llorente coming on in the second half to try and spark the offense. The one striker who didn't play when Juve clearly needed a goal to tie the game at the very least? Yeah, it was Zaza. And it's not like Álvaro Morata is going to be sitting around on the bench every week when he gets fully fit again, either.
Zaza wants to play in lieu of the European Championships next summer, and as it stands right now, playing time is going to be awfully tough with so many strikers in front of him. Why he wouldn't have realized this when he first signed with Juventus, I don't know, but maybe things are coming into focus now.
Or maybe whenever Max looks into Fernando's eyes everything changes. "Can you hear the drums, Fernando...."