And just a handful of hours after departing for China with AC Milan, Mattia De Sciglio is back on Italian soil. For good reason, I might add.
De Sciglio’s move to Juventus is as close as it’s ever been to becoming a reality. All of the rumors, all of the discussion, all of the everything that has been surrounding the young fullback’s potential move from one Italian giant to another is just a few medical tests from becoming official. De Sciglio has arrived in Turin, signed some autographs, taken some selfies with fans and given the unofficially mandatory poses for the club’s photographer before starting up his medical at J Medical before signing on the dotted line and becoming a Juventus player.
No more rumor mongering. The only thing left is to talk about De Sciglio’s potential transfer fee and what jersey number he will be wearing.
THUMBS UP FOR THE HATERS.
Or something like that.
De Sciglio’s move, which is rumored to cost Juventus €12 million plus potential bonuses, means that one of the club’s biggest needs this summer is now taken care of. Well, at least on paper it is. De Sciglio is going to be a bargain basement kind of signing if he resembles the player that first burst onto the scene at Milan or even the one who was one of Italy’s better players at the European Championships last summer.
If he doesn’t, though ... well, that’s something we’re just not going to think about right now.
But at 23 years of age, there’s still plenty of upside in De Sciglio’s game. And there’s probably still plenty of potential to be tapped. That’s where we hope Max Allegri can do the same things with De Sciglio’s game that he did during their days at Milan. That sure would be nice to have two fullbacks in their mid-20s playing some good football, wouldn’t it?