Suddenly, the No. 1 name to replace the anticipated void on the roster left by Gianluigi Bufofn’s retirement is one who has been idolizing him for years.
I guess that’s why we shouldn’t be surprised that as the days in May go on, the reports about this certain 25-year-old goalkeeper with rockstar-like hair potentially joining Juventus aren’t slowing down one bit.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin has given the green light and has accepted the chance to sign with Juventus this summer. This is what we’re being told. And what we’re also being told by La Gazzetta is that now the biggest hurdle that will keep Perin from joining Juventus is the fact that both the seven-time champions and Genoa still have to negotiate a potential transfer price tag.
The reported price that Juve are willing to start the proceedings at around €12 million. Genoa, reportedly, want somewhere upward of €20 million.
So let’s just split the difference and call it €15 or €16 million, okay?
We’ll see how this develops, but there definitely seems to be something there with this Perin-to-Juventus talk. As much as we might think that Wojciech Szczesny is the No. 1 in goal come the start of next season, if Juve want to create some sort of competition in goal between two quality names, then bringing in a younger option makes sense. And if it’s a younger option, then it will certainly be one that is also financially friendly rather than somebody who has the same first name as Buffon and will likely cost a whole lot of money this summer or whenever he departs Milan.
We will leave you with this — the words of Beppe Marotta in an interview earlier this week.
“[Enrico] Preziosi is a capable President, he’s created competition between ourselves, Napoli and other teams. Perin is a great goalkeeper but we haven’t gone in, we just made some evaluations and we’re a long way from a real negotiation.
“Of course these days the number 12 is no longer so different to the number 1 in terms of quality.”
(Source: Football Italia)
So, Juventus like Perin, Marotta thinks he’s “a great goalkeeper” yet negotiations aren’t exactly close to starting up. That seems to be what we’re hearing from both La Gazzetta and Marotta himself. Sounds about right.