With the recent arrival of Douglas Costa in Turin, it seems as though there will be no room for Riccardo Orsolini in a black and white jersey this year. Just hours after the Costa move became official, Gianluca Di Marzio is reporting that the two clubs have come to an agreement, and Riccardo Orsolini will be joining Atalanta on a two-year loan deal.
There will reportedly be a redemption clause inserted to the contract for Atalanta to make the move ‘permanent’, but Juventus will also have a buyback option. These types of agreements are probably for the better, as it gives Atalanta some incentive to use and develop him in order to earn the profit from the transfer and buyback. This deal would be similar to that of Leonardo Spinazzola, who spent last year at Atalanta.
The young winger who was born in 1997 (Wow, I really suck at soccer, apparently) impressed in Serie B last year for Ascoli, making 41 appearances with 8 goals and 6 assists. This was enough to catch the eye of the Old Lady, who made a €6 million transfer for him in January, allowing him to return to Ascoli on loan for the rest of the season.
Orsolini also heavily impressed at the U-20 World Cup for Italy this summer, making 7 appearances and winning the Golden Boot award with five goals in five different games.
Showings like these at the age of 20 (Hey, his birthday is 10 days away from mine) will undoubtedly convince a few people that you’re ready to make the jump from Serie B to Serie A, and it seems like Juventus officials would agree. Atalanta finished 4th in the league last year, qualifying for the Europa League this upcoming year. Whether you think he’s ready to contribute to the Juventus team now is up for debate, but this would be a good move for a youngster with loads of potential to gain some valuable experience both in Italy, and in Europe.