The transfer window is over and done with. Same goes for Juventus' roster construction until the next transfer window opens on the first day of 2016. On the final day is this current transfer window, Juventus brought in a pair of midfielders — somebody who everybody knew was on his way, and one from an old rival that pretty much caught us all off guard.
Hernanes, who signed for Inter Milan all of a year and a half ago, is now a Juventus player. In a deadline-day swoop to try and fill the trequartista need, Juventus signed the 30-year-old Brazilian midfielder for €11 million plus a couple million more in bonuses from Inter. Official word, courtesy of Juventus' website:
Juventus Football Club can this evening confirm that an agreement has been reached with Inter Milan for the purchase of Anderson Hernanes for a fee of €11 million, payable in three financial years.
The deal may increase by a further €2 million should certain sporting targets stipulated in the agreement be achieved before 30 June 2018.
The player has signed a three-year contract with the club.
Hernanes. Yeah. Get excited, people.
Look, Hernanes isn't a bad player. But this is the problem with banking on somebody like Julian Draxler, have negotiations for said player drag out for weeks on end and then see that deal fall through without a resolution coming to fruition. When the deal you've worked so many hours on doesn't happen, your left to scramble at the end of the transfer window to try and get something done. Which saw Juve go from the likes of Draxler to somebody like Hernanes, who clearly wasn't in Inter's plans this season.
Could a move away from the mess of Inter be the tonic to revive the Hernanes of old? Sure, I wouldn't put it past him. The only thing is, if Juventus are getting the Hernanes of the Lazio days, then it's a pretty big "if" without question. The length of Hernanes' contract tells us this isn't a long-term solution to a long-term transfer desire of Max Allegri. But if he can prove that he was the latest player to get sucked into the Inter black hole of really good players gone pretty meh, then let's just root for that to take place.
Either way, Juventus have a couple of new midfielders, and Hernanes is one of them. Not exactly what we thought would happen on the first day of June when Juventus started to have its summer transfer campaign take place. It's a change compared to other deadline days where Juve are pretty much sitting and doing nothing, that's for sure.