The amount of chances we've had to see Nicola Leali play in a Juventus jersey has basically been limited to preseason training. He comes back from where he played the season before, trains for a couple of weeks or so, then heads out on another loan spell. It's been the same thing for four years now.
And, even as he gets set to enter his mid-20s in the new year, it could be the very same kind of situation for a fifth consecutive season since he became an official Juventus player.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, a trio of teams — Deportivo La Coruña and Leganes in Spain and English Premier League side Aston Villa — are interested in signing the 23-year-old Leali this summer. Nicolò Schira of La Gazzetta dello Sport has added a fourth team to the mix, and one that would keep Leali in Serie A next season in the form of Atalanta, which already has a talented young goalkeeper on its roster, Marco Sportiello.
Neither Di Marzio nor Schira say whether a new club for Leali would be on a season-long loan, loan with option to buy or just a straight sale kind of situation.
Ever since he was purchased from Brescia as a teenager in 2012, Leali has been sent out on loan to four different teams in as many seasons to gain much-needed experience via consistent playing time. This most recent season at Frosinone, Leali started 33 games the Serie A newcomers who were relegated at the end of the season. Leali faced the third-most amount of shots on goal in 2015-16 at 178, while also finishing third in saves (120). He allowed the second-most amount of goals (59), one behind Udinese's Orestis Karnezis, but knowing how Frosinone's defense struggled as a whole this past season, I feel safe in saying that a good portion of those can be pinned more on porous defensive play rather than a struggling young goalkeeper.
We'll see what happens. But, for yet another season, it looks as though Leali will be playing his football somewhere other than in Turin with Juventus.