Well, if you didn't know by now that Juventus is trying to control the entirety of the Quality Young Italian Player market, then here's another sign that it's becoming more and more evident.
According to reports out of Italy from far and wide, Juventus is getting close to signing another one of Italy's brightest young talents. First it was Rolando Mandragora, which everybody assumes will be under Juve's control within the next few weeks. Now, it's another one of Italy's brightest prospects in the midfield, 20-year-old Stefano Sensi, who is quickly becoming the talk of the Serie B season because of what he's done at Cesena.
Maybe as not a surprise to some based on previous transfers, Juventus will reportedly use their good business relationship with Sassuolo to get the deal done. Here are the rumored innerworkings of the deal, according to Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio:
Juventus is on the verge of controlling his future, they will co operate with Sassuolo to develop him. The price? Sassuolo will pay Cesena €5 million for the midfielder, but the price that Juve will pay them down the road has yet to be determined. While at first it seemed Sensi would finish the season at Cesena, Sassuolo is now considering bringing him to Di Francesco's squad this season. Juventus is Sensi's long term destination, the question is where will he play from now until June.
Here's the way the deal sounds to me (and correct me if I'm wrong on this one): Sassuolo will buy Sensi for around €5 million and possibly bring him to the Mapei Stadium during the current transfer window. On top of that, Sassuolo will have an agreement with Juventus in place where the young midfielder will essentially be on loan with the Neroverdi while obviously being watched closely by Beppe Marotta and the like.
No matter how it's structured, this is just the latest sign that Juve are not just recognizing the young talent that is part of the next wave coming through, but stocking up on it. Not every young player will pan out and live up to what many people think they will because that's just the nature of the sport, but Juve have definitely shown they can develop these youngsters, too. Not a bad problem to have, if you ask me.