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Genoa midfielder Tomas Rincon undergoing medicals ahead of Juventus transfer

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When news broke in Italy that Tomas Rincon was on the verge of signing with Juventus, the premise was that the Serie A champions wanted to get the deal done before the calendar flipped from 2016 to 2017.

Looks like we’re running right on schedule.

The reported move for the 28-year-old Venezuelan midfielder is now more than just paper talk. As noon approached in Italy on Thursday, Rincon rolled into Juventus’ new medical facilities and began his exams before finalizing his move to the current Serie A leaders. In case you don’t believe, here is a photo of Rincon approving of said medical exams, courtesy of Juventus’ official Twitter account.

(Side note: That is a very nice Christmas tree. It’s much, much better than mine. And actually decorated. And actually not sitting in a small storage closet next to my apartment.)

The move for Rincon has obviously materialized rather quickly. Just a few short days ago we were sitting here and hearing that a deal was seemingly closed for Rincon, who has started 16 of Genoa’s 18 games this season. We heard about the reported details of the deal to bring Rincon to Turin — initial €2 million loan deal with a obligatory fee of around €7-8 million in the summer to make his move a permanent one.

Now, with the timetable being set to complete the deal before New Year’s Eve, Rincon is just a couple of short steps away from becoming a Juventus player. That might not be something you thought would be happening at the beginning of the week, but as the weekend gets closer and closer in Italy, it certainly seems to be the truth.