I would assume that as Juventus prepared to play its final game of the 2016-17 season, a hunt for a new starting right back wasn’t going to be a summer priority just a few weeks later. That’s mainly because Dani Alves still had another year on his contract and was playing as well as he did in the second half of the season.
Everything added up to Dani Alves being Juve’s starter once again in that second and final year of his deal he signed this time last summer and that would be that.
Instead, Juventus are trying to find somebody to replace the much-accomplished Brazilian.And so far, that has been a process that has been centered around a player that Alves has faced during his days in La Liga.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday morning, Juve’s bid for Danilo has been rejected by the club they lost to in the Champions League final on the first Saturday or June. On the last day of the same month, Juventus aren’t going to be seeing their reported €15 million bid accepted by Real Madrid.
So, Beppe, if you really want Danilo to come to Turin this summer, it looks like you’ll have to add a few million euros to your offer price, my friend.
As we’ve been hearing for a few days now, Danilo has emerged as Juventus’ No. 1 choice to replace Dani Alves at right back. And now that Alves’ contract has been officially terminated and he’s free to go hang out with Pep Guardiola once again, the urgency to sign somebody to partner with Stephan Lichtsteiner at right back has seemingly been put into overdrive.
But based on what we’ve been told above, the hunt for Danilo — or any other right back — is going to be stretched into the month of July. Not that it’s much of a surprise. Let’s just not be talking about the same thing come August, okay, guys?