For the better part of the summer, we’ve been on Federico Bernardeschi Watch. He’s been one of Juventus’ top transfer targets ever since talk of transfers started taking over our minds following the Champions League final. Even as rumors of other players coming and going have occupied our thoughts, the possibility of Juventus signing Bernardeschi has almost always been at the top of the list since the summer transfer window officially opened up.
Attention: Bernardeschi Watch is close to being a thing of the past.
And it’s for a very good reason.
According to multiple reports out of Italy on Friday, Juventus’ chase to sign the 23-year-old Bernardeschi has come to an end. That’s because, after all the rumors of how much Fiorentina want and all of the decisive days for the transfer to happen, Juventus has come to an agreement with La Viola to bring Bernardeschi to Turin.
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Juventus and Fiorentina have agreed on full terms for the player's arrival to Juve on a €40m fee. Fiorentina will also get 10% of a possible future sale of the player. Bernardeschi will sign a five-year contract with €4m per year wages.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
And, what do you know, boys and girls — Juventus and Fiorentina have reportedly concluded a positive transfer and likely don’t want to kill anybody as a result of it. It’s one thing for Alessio Secco to fork over a €25 million buyout clause for Felipe Melo. But it’s another for Juventus to successfully conclude a deal with Fiorentina, one of the toughest clubs to negotiate with based on what’s happened in the past.
But Bernardeschi is (almost) officially a Juventus player. Juventus wanted to upgrade their caliber of player on the wings this summer, and that’s exactly what they’ve done. They’ve got Douglas Costa in and wearing the No. 11 jersey. And now, with a deal for Bernardeschi reportedly done and some medicals and an official announcement all that’s left, Juve could very well have a new No. 10 in their ranks.
Something tells me if Bernardeschi does get that iconic jersey number, he’ll be wearing it for a little bit longer than the last guy who rocked the No. 10 on the back of his black and white kit.