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Report: Juventus still interested in bringing Leonardo Spinazzola back a year early

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With the arrivals of Douglas Costa and Federico Bernardeschi over the last couple of weeks, one might think the bulk of Juventus’ summer transfer dealings is done with. But as we have come to know, what you think isn’t usually the actual thought process of a club during June, July and August. Juventus needed wingers, they got wingers. Juventus needs a central midfielder, there’s still that to be checked off the list.

Fullback? Well, sure!

One of the potential names that has been thrown out there is somebody who Juventus already owns, Atalanta left back Leonardo Spinazzola. Juventus have been reportedly interested in bringing the 24-year-old Spinazzola back to Turin despite the fact he still has a year left on his loan deal with Atalanta.

And they apparently still are...

The player is owned by Juventus, but currently has one more year worth of loan to spend in Bergamo. Juventus are willing to go to extreme measures to bring the defender back one year early, but Atalanta are determined to keep him. In the past hours, it seems as if the gap between the two clubs is gradually being bridged.

(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)

Soooooooooo, what would be the reason for Juventus to try and bring Spinazzola back a year before he’s supposed to?

This is the kind of rumor that will probably spur another round or Alex Sandro departure rumors because that’s just how things like this work. It’s been a little while since the English press linked Sandro with a move to Chelsea, so it must be time to bring up that rumor once again and give those in London a little bit of hope that Juve’s world-class left back will be changing team this summer.

But when it comes to Spinazzola, he’s obviously progressed quite a bit over the past season and was part of the young Atalanta core that helped them qualify for the Europa League. And he’s really set himself up to make the return to Juventus a reality. It’s just a matter of when it happens.