Just a few days ago, it looked almost like a certainty that Juventus striker Simone Zaza was going to be the latest Italian international that was going to trade in Serie A for the Bundesliga.
Turns out, Wolfsburg went for a different striker who has played in Serie A.
With Wolfsburg announcing the signing of former Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez, all signs of Zaza heading to Germany — at least that part of Germany — have been all but squashed. No move to the Bundesliga for Zaza, and now there’s all of two weeks for the 25-year-old Italian to potentially find a new team to play for before the summer transfer window slams shut.
We know this because of what Juventus director general Beppe Marotta told us.
“He [Zaza] was involved in a negotiation, in the end both sides made their assessments and it didn’t result in the definition of this sale,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.
“He remains in our squad, we evaluated our opportunities with him as we’ll do in the coming days if other offers are presented.”
(Source: Football Italia)
That last part is the most important one of anything Marotta said regarding Zaza.
If there’s deals that are to be evaluated, then it looks as though Marotta and Co. will take advantage of them if it seems like it makes sense. Who knows what it means for Zaza’s status entering this weekend’s Serie A opener against, ironically, Fiorentina. If he doesn’t get called up by Max Allegri, does that mean a deal is going to be happening in relatively short order? Maybe.
But one thing seems for certain: Even with Zaza’s Wolfsburg deal falling through, his future seems to be somewhere other than Turin. You don’t get that close to joining a team without having a desire to leave your current employer. And even when you take Wolfsburg out of the equation, it’s not like Zaza has lacked when it comes to reported clubs interested in signing him.