We've known for a quite a bit of time that Juventus aren't just looking for a trequartista in the aftermath of their initial transfer dealings this summer. Sure, Julian Draxler and Mario Götze talk generates most of the attention — and rightfully so considering how Max Allegri wants a No. 10 — but there are obviously needs on this 2015-16 Juventus roster.
Like, you know, a left back to pair with the 34-year-old Patrice Evra.
And, apparently, that problem has been solved.
La @juventusfc ha trovato un'intesa con l'@Atleti per #Siqueira. Prestito con obbligo: Intesa davvero vicina se giocatore accetta @SkySport— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) August 4, 2015
And in English, please?
Juventus started pursuing Siqueira a few weeks ago and after the first contacts with Atletico they have made significant progress. Now the Bianconeri are getting serious and they are close to reaching an agreement with the Colchoneros on a loan with forced option to buy, for a total figure of €9 million. Juventus is now just waiting for the player to say yes, he's also being pursued by PSG. The Italian club is optimistic, they will meet with the player's agent in next few days to complete deal on wages. Juventus is ready to welcome a new left back.
So, let's see here, folks. A solid left back who has a solid amount of years left in front of him arriving on an initial loan deal with an obligatory option to buy for a reasonable amount of money is what Di Marzio is telling us.
Where do I sign up?
The summer comeback to Atlético Madrid of another Brazlian left back, Filipe Luis, has obviously freed up Siqueira to seek another club. And, when you consider Juventus' realistic options at left back are Evra and that's about it. (Unless you count Paulo De Ceglie as a decent backup, which is probably not even something to consider as likely at this point.)
That means Siqueira, who turned 29 years old back in April, would be the natural successor to Evra come this season or next whenever the transition from one to the other would take place. He's already familiar with Serie A having played for Udinese and Inter amongst others, and would come to Juventus at a solid price while being the latest Beppe Marotta Special purchase on the transfer market.