On the final day of the 2015 summer transfer window, Hernanes was the trequartista that nobody wanted to see Juventus end up signing. Turns out, Juventus ended up signing Hernanes, with the Brazilian proving to be, well, not a very good acquisition whatsoever.
The final days of the 2016 summer transfer window may have the same kind thing happen. Except, you know, it will have to do with Hernanes leaving Turin rather than rolling in after Beppe Marotta forked over €11 million to one of Juve’s biggest rivals.
Genoa is negotiating for Hernanes, he could be the surprise replacement for Tomas Rincon. Tomorrow there will be a meeting between Juventus and Genoa to discuss if the transfer is feasible on loan with option or obligation to buy.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
Loan. Loan with option to buy. Loan with obligation to buy. Straight buy. Whatever. Take him, Genoa, just take him.
While Marotta and Co. have done a lot of very good business over the last few years, Hernanes is one of their biggest swings and misses. If Juve’s management envisioned him as an option at trequartista, that never truly happened. Hernanes was essentially relegated to become a backup for Claudio Marchisio before Juve’s No. 8 suffered a major knee injury in mid-April. The amount of bad games Hernanes had far outweighed the number of good games he recorded during the 2016-17 season.
Because of that, when you drew up a list of players who should be ones to leave the club this summer, Hernanes was one of the first that was written down. That’s just how it is. He’s not sniffing any of the starting spots on the depth chart — and that’s even after the departures of Paul Pogba and Roberto Pereyra.
Please, Genoa, do the smart thing and free up Juventus’ No. 11 jersey again.