As we sit here with more days gone in January than those remaining, it’s become pretty clear that Juventus’ winter transfer window is more about securing players for the future rather than ones for the present-day squad.
Last week we saw Atalanta defender Mattia Caldara, one of the bright young standouts in Serie A this season sign with Juventus. Now, we’re seeing one of Serie B’s rising young players see his contract go from owned by one club that sports black and white to another.
That’s what some of the bigger Italian media outlets are telling us, as a host of sources — including Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio and La Gazzetta dello Sport — are reporting that Ascoli winger Riccardo Orsolini will undergo his medical with Juventus on Wednesday and likely sign his contract with the Italian champions shortly thereafter. According to Di Marzio, even with a deal being reached in principal late last week between the two clubs, there’s still some details to hash out in regard to Orsolini’s agent and Juventus.
Once all of that is settled, we’ll be seeing pictures of the 19-year-old Orsolini with a thumbs up as he walks across a treadmill, then take some selfies with fans before he’s posing for a photo with Beppe Marotta as Caldara did just a few days prior.
The price to have Orsolini become a Juventus player — although he’s likely to spend a decent amount of time on loan before he ever plays an official game in Turin — is reportedly €5.5 million with that fee potentially being pushed to €10 million based on certain bonuses that are tied to the appearances both Juve and the Italian national team. It’s a good chunk of change for a player who has still yet to play a single minute in Serie A in his career, but that’s the price you pay to bring one of more talented youngsters Italy’s second division currently has.
Soon there will be another young player joining Juventus. Planning for the future is always a good thing, don’t you think?