A lot of the talk surrounding Juventus' summer mercato has been about those who might be arriving rather than those who will be departing the club. (And if you think I'm looping in Paul Pogba to this, then you're nuts.) Of course, if Juventus want to do more business on the market in terms of acquiring players, then it might just have to sell first to get some cash.
Might Roberto Pereyra be one of those?
If you believe what was reported on Sunday, then the 25-year-old Argentine's two-year stint with Juve may very well be over before he sees a third.
Contacts have begun between Napoli and Juventus for Roberto Pereyra, midfielder born in '91. The player is also liked by Watford and it could turn out to be an intense race between De Laurentiis and the Pozzo family. The bianconeri want 18 million: contacts have already begun even though there isn't a proper negotiation yet.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
Watford's interest in Pereyra was first reported by Di Marzio late last week. And seeing as there's the Italian connection between the Pozzos and Watford, seeing them potentially shopping in Italy to try and upgrade their squad is no kind of major surprise.
It's safe to say that the 2015-16 campaign was a completely lost season for Pereyra, who battled injuries all throughout the year. He played less than 800 minutes in Serie A this season, which came over the course of 13 appearances. And when he was on the field, it wasn't like he was overly effective, either — another sign that the injuries he suffered completely zapped him of the kind of playmaking ability we saw during his first season with Juventus.
The thing is, who knows if the 2014-15 version of Pereyra will be back or if the 2015-16 one is the player that will unfortunately stick around a little while longer. If it's the latter and not the former, then that rumored €18 million price tag will be even that much more enticing.