While there are probably some doubts slipping into your mind about Daniele Rugani’s future with Juventus right about now, don’t completely lose your cool just yet, my friends.
I bring you this little report from Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio:
Juventus have rejected an offer for Mattia Caldara from Borussia Dortmund for 35 million euros plus 5 million euros in bonus and from Chelsea, who offer 30 million euros.
Just so we have things clear, let’s review this, shall we?
- Dortmund bid €30 million (plus another potential €5 million), and Juventus said no.
- Chelsea bid €30 million, and Juventus said no.
Controversial opinion: This is good.
We don’t know, exactly, where the Rugani-Chelsea negotiations stand right now. One outlet says he’s staying for now. Another outlet says that there’s only a few days before Chelsea strikes a deal with the hope that things can get done before Juventus heads out on their United States tour (three International Champions Cup games and the MLS All-Star Game). It’s pretty much a complete guessing game right now.
What we do know is that Caldara is here to stay. And we know that after listening to him talk about joining Juventus after they spent €15 million to sign him from Atalanta about 18 months ago, it’s hard not to like the kid more than you did as you watched him develop his game in Bergamo the last couple of years.
With Juventus’ defense getting older and older — Caldara and Rugani are the only two Juve central defenders under the age of 30 — keeping the best young talent around will be vital to the club’s long-term success. Yes, that is indirectly a way of saying Juventus shouldn’t sell Rugani, but then again I’m not the one looking at a potential €50 million offer from Chelsea that is trying to change my mind on the matter.
Caldara’s role is unknown right now as he enters his first season with Juventus. He will certainly be one we watch come the ICC games against Bayern Munich, Benfica and Real Madrid as well as the MLS All-Star Game. And he’s not gonna be wearing another jersey other than Juve’s come the start of next season, either, folks.