In what started as a slow conclusion to the week with regards to Juventus news, this afternoon saw some official announcements. It’s not flashy news like developments in the Keita Balde saga, but Juventus has acquired a prospect, at the cost of a prospect.
Let’s begin with the outgoing player, central defender Filippo Romagna. Romagna joined the Juventus academy in 2013, and made 83 appearances for the Primavera and the U19 team in his time here. This past season, he went on loan first to Novara, and then Brescia, both in Serie B. He impressed enough to catch the attention of Cagliari, who has now inked him to a 5-year contract to play for them in their second season back in the Serie A. The highlight of his career so far has likely been this summer as he made 6 appearances in the U-20 World Cup for Italy.
He is still only 20 years old so it will be interesting to find out whether there’s a buyback clause inserted somewhere in there as Juventus hasn’t announced the deals yet, Cagliari has. At one point he was being talked about as a legitimate prospect for the first team, and at that age he still might go on to have a solid career, even if that is away from Juventus.
Now for the incoming player, Dario Del Fabro. The announcement from Cagliari can be found here. Another defender, Del Fabro can play both central and right defense, and is 22 years old. He has bounced around on loan a little bit with Ascoli in Serie B, Pisa in Serie C last year, even played a single game for Leeds United at one point. In total, he has 42 Serie B, and 6 Serie A appearances. He has represented Italy’s youth teams as well, making 4 appearances for the U19s, 4 for the U18s, 5 for the U17s, and 7 for the U16s.
He’s pretty much a wildcard. It will be interesting to see how he’s used this season, whether it be part of the Primavera or as emergency cover in case we are thin at CB. This move might not end up meaning much in the grand scheme of things, but hey, the primavera needs players too. There’s been no announcement of if any money changed hands during the deal yet.