In recent days, we’ve heard from Beppe Marotta himself that Juventus’ January transfer dealings are pretty much done and dusted. But as we know when it comes to when Marotta speaks to the press, what he says one day doesn’t necessarily mean he will suddenly stop trying to get a player he’s been on the trail of for months.
That’s what the Italian press wants us to believe anyways.
According to a multitude of Italian media outlets, led by first by the reporting of Turin-based daily Tuttosport, Juventus’ latest offer to try and bring Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo to Serie A has been rejected by the German club. If you’re thinking “Oh, that’s just Tuttosport being Tuttosport,” well then you’re in luck if you want more than just a notorious B.S. artist throwing out another rumor. Both the Corriere dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio are also reporting that Juventus’ latest approach for the 29-year-old Brazilian midfielder has been rejected by Wolfsburg.
The initial offer was of a 2 million Euro loan with a 15 million Euro option to buy, but the German side said no: They intend on selling him only with an obligation to buy. If neither side were to compromise, the situation would be come quite complicated.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
The reasoning for the reported interest in Gustavo does have some legs to it.
Rumors of Hernanes’ exit are still out there, with Juventus and Genoa reportedly coming to an agreement on the framework of a deal to see him head to the Marassi. (It also has to do with the player’s desire to actually move — and probably take a pay cut — on this month.) That means Juventus could be down another midfielder if Hernanes were to leave. And then there’s Kwadwo Asamoah’s shift from midfielder to left back, meaning that his availability as midfielder could be a little less frequent as it has been in the past.
And if Max Allegri continues to utilize this 4-2-3-1 formation going forward -- which small sample size results tell us should happen — then having a midfielder with Luiz Gustavo’s characteristics wouldn’t necessarily be the worst thing in the world. Right?