As far as we know, Juventus like Federico Bernardeschi. Whether they like him, like him remains to be seen. But based on what we have been told by the Italian press — and sometimes that’s a very cautious road we are pretty much forced to go down — Juve’s interest in signing Bernardeschi this summer is more than just a couple of phone calls every now and then to see if he’s available to sign.
And it’s not looking like it’s slowing down.
Juventus’ chase for the 23-year-old Italian winger has rolled from the end of June into the beginning of July and the official open of the summer transfer window. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport and others in the Italian media circles, Bernardeschi’s agent, Beppe Bozzo, is ready to inform Fiorentina that his client plans to leave Florence this summer. That, in turn, also means that Juventus will be raising their offer to €35 million plus bonuses after their first offer for Bernardeschi was turned down by La Viola late last month.
So if you are on #TeamBernardeschi, then things are looking up for you.
As rumors regarding Juventus’ interest in Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa have cooled off, the complete opposite can be said in regard to Bernardeschi. With the month turning to July, it’s becoming more and more clear that Bernardeschi has become Juve’s No. 1 preference when it comes to signing a winger this summer. How much of that has to do with the price tag that Bayern is asking for, the EU vs. non-EU factor combined with Juve’s dealings for Danilo who knows, but Bernardeschi has always been an option so it’s not like it’s a sudden decision based on current circumstances.
We’ve always known that negotiating with Fiorentina was never going to be easy. But if Juventus can close this deal relatively soon — like, I don’t know, before preseason training camp begins in just a short amount of time — then it will be a huge part of the transfer dealings done this summer. Then they can work on other aspects. It sure would be nice to have a big signing be done swiftly compared to a lot of other deals that have been both successful and complete busts through the last few years.