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Report: Juventus agree to personal terms with Federico Bernardeschi

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But, surprise, things aren’t as easy with Fiorentina!

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Can we now say that Juventus have put their main focus -- or at least one of their main objectives at the very minimum — on signing Federico Bernardeshi? I say that because I feel like it’s true. Sure, there’s the negotiations with Real Madrid for Danilo, but when it comes to what we’re hearing, there’s the talks with Real Madrid, there’s the talk with Fiorentina and that’s about it.

And as the clock crept toward midnight in Italy on Monday night, we got word that there has been a step in the right direction when it comes to Bernardeschi potentially joining Juventus this summer. Not a big step. But one that can be considered a positive.

Here is what Gianluca Di Marzio has told us:

they have reached a deal with the player

Yeah, gonna need the details of that, boss...

5 years at 4 million euros plus bonus per season

Five-year contract seems like it’s the norm you would expect for somebody who is being looked at as a big-time summer signing. And a €4 million per season salary with the potential for bonuses — I would think performance-related ones — is basically right in line with what you’d expect somebody of Bernardeschi’s quality to ask for when potentially moving up to a club like Juventus.

But what about, you know, the actual negotiations between Juventus and Fiorentina? That’s something that nobody should expect to be easy by any means...

The Viola want 40 million euros plus 10 million euros in bonuses, but Juventus are working to close the deal at a lower number.

That’s the sticking point. And it’s not like Juventus and Fiorentina have a glamorous history of working out deals quickly and without much drama. There’s no positive working relationship like what Juve have with other clubs in Italy like Atalanta or some of the other smaller ones where younger players are sent out on loan all the time. Nope, not going to find that with Juventus and Fiorentina, that’s for sure.