It is the final weekend of June. There are, for the most part, plenty of rumors to be occupying our minds even before the transfer market is actually open for business. Whether mere rumor or fact, main transfer targets have been put out there and pretty much everybody knows that there are moves to be made.
Names have been linked to Juventus. We know that.
But according to Sky Sport Italia on Saturday, two names have emerged from the rest of the pack and suddenly become Juventus’ top transfer targets this summer. At least right now. (That, of course, can change, but you know that by now.)
They are Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi and Real Madrid right back Danilo. Those are two positions of need for Juventus this summer because the 4-2-3-1 — or some kind of variation of it that involves play-making wingers — and the imminent departure of Dani Alves, respectively, are ever-present storylines over the last few weeks.
Bernardeschi & Danilo are the main targets for Juventus. (Sky)— Khaledalnouss (@khaledalnouss1) June 25, 2017
What does all of this mean?
Well, that’s what we’re all actually waiting to find out.
All seems relatively quiet on the Douglas Costa front right now, which could mean that either talks have stalled or that Bayern Munich continues to insist for the lofty transfer fee they want and that has caused Beppe Marotta to move on to other options that may not be pricey. Not that trying to sign Bernardeschi is going to be drastically cheaper than signing Costa, with Fiorentina still reportedly holding firm on their €40 million price tag for the 23-year-old Italian winger.
There are, of course, other right backs that have been linked to Juventus. But, a lot like one of Costa or Bernardeschi, it’s not like Danilo is going to come cheap. He may have appeared in only 17 league games this past season, but Real Madrid isn’t going to let a 25-year-old fullback who likely has more than just a few admirers go for a cut-rate kind of price after he they signed him for over €31 million two summers ago.
(All of this counting the whole non-EU part of the equation.)