We’ve been working under the general assumption that Rolando Mandragora was going to be a Udinese player for the better part of the last four weeks.
Now, we can officially say that the young midfielder will be wearing bianconero next season. The bianconero of Udinese, that is.
Juventus announced that they have sold Mandragora to Udinese for €20 million, the same transfer fee that we heard was going to be the price of the deal all the way back in late June. There are some other layers to the deal, which were outlined in the official announcement posted on Juve’s website on Thursday. They are as follows:
Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that the agreement with Udinese Calcio S.p.A. for the definitive disposal of the registration rights of the player Rolando Mandragora has been finalized for a consideration of € 20 million to be paid in four financial years.
The economic effect is positive for about € 14,7 million.
The agreement also provides Juventus the option right, to be exercised at the end of 2019/2020 football season, for the definitive re-acquisition of the player at a price of € 26 million to be paid in two financial years.
In case Udinese Calcio will definitively transfer the player to a third club before the expiring date of this option right, Juventus will be entitled to receive an indemnity of € 200 thousand and a bonus equal to 50% of the amounts collected by Udinese for the definitive transfer above the sum of € 20 million.
Mandragora, originally purchased from Genoa for a cool €6 million in January 2016, has been out on loan more than he’s played for Juventus. He had a productive season with Crotone last year, appearing in all but two games for a team that ultimately got relegated to Serie B along with Hellas Verona and Benevento after finishing in 18th place.
Ultimately, breaking into Juventus’ midfield was always going to be a challenge for Mandragora, 21. Juventus do have a buyback clause because that seems to be what they’re doing with a lot of their young prospects these days as a way to get around there being no co-ownership deals anymore.
And, let’s be honest: Juventus receiving €20 million for a player who may not have a future in Turin and one that they paid only €6 million for a couple of years ago, that’s a pretty good deal regardless of what the future may hold for Mandragora.