The trequartista dance goes on, with no real end in sight. Because of course it will; sometimes we just can't have things as easy and simple as we want them to be. But when it comes to Juventus' other need, a fullback to pair with Patrice Evra on the left side of Juventus' defense, the outlook is a lot more positive.
Yeah, it looks as though we're getting close to checking at least one of those needs off the list.
After reaching an agreement with Atletico Madrid, Juventus is now working to close the deal with Siqueira. The left back is open to joining Allegri's squad, and now he's negotiating on the figures of the contract. Juventus and Siqueira's entourage are discussing a 3 year deal with an option for a fourth season, with an annual salary of €2.3 million a season plus bonuses. In Juventus' camp there is a lot of optimism deal will have a positive conclusion.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
Just a few days after reports of Juventus and Atlético Madrid agreed to the workings of a deal, now that means all that is left is to hammer out the details of the contract with Siqueira. Why? Well, since the reported deal between Atléti and Juve involves the Brazilian left back arriving initially on loan with a forced option to buy next summer, then yeah, contract details actually do matter.
Siqueira, who won't be 30 years old until next April, will provide Juventus with sufficient cover as Evra reaches the end of his incredibly accomplished career. This is the two-pronged option at left back that Juventus didn't have at all last season when Kwadwo Asamoah injured his knee around the time Max Allegri switched to a four-man backline. Siqueira allows Allegri to remain flexible between both the 3-5-2 and four-man defense that became a staple of the second half of last season. We all know what those few months lead to...
The good thing about this is that unlike the hunt for a trequartista, this actually has a light at the end of the tunnel. No offense to you, Julian Draxler (or whoever Juventus may sign as a playmaker behind the strikers), but I don't like every single transfer to be drawn out ones. Most of the time signings that are fast and lack drama are the kind of signings that most of us like the best.