As Andrea Favilli scored a pair of goals against Bayern Munich and then another one in the MLS All-Star Game during Juventus’ recently-completed tour of North America, the assumption was that come the start of September would see him wearing a different jersey.
Juventus are back in Italy, and Favilli is now officially on his way to a new club.
As expected, the 21-year-old Favilli has completed his move to Genoa on loan. The details of the deal between Juventus and Genoa are pretty much what we expected them to be — an initial season-long loan with an option to buy next summer. Here are all of the details of the deal, courtesy of Juventus’ official website:
Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that the agreement with Genoa Cricket and Football Club S.p.A. for the loan, until 30 June 2019, of the registration rights of the player Andrea Favilli has been reached for a consideration of € 5 million to be paid in three financial years.
The agreement also provides Genoa Cricket and Football Club S.p.A. the option right, to be exercised at the end of 2018/2019 football season, for the definitive acquisition of the player at a price of € 7 million to be paid in three financial years.
After spending the past two seasons in Serie B with Livorno and then Ascoli after playing a year with Juventus’ primavera squad, this will be Favilli’s first legitimate shot at Serie A football. And seeing as Genoa aren’t exactly brimming with a ton of talent up front as of right now — WHO’S READY FOR 35-YEAR-OLD GORAN PANDEV AND GIANLUCA LAPADULA?!?! — there’s a chance that Favilli could work his way into a nice spot and get a good chunk of playing time as the season goes on.
No, the price for Genoa to make this move permanent isn’t all that much. (For comparisons sake, Cagliari has the option for around the same amount of money to make their loan deal for another on-loan Juventus striker, Alberto Cerri, permanent next summer.) But as he showed during Juve’s four friendlies in the United States, there’s definitely some talent there. It’s just about adapting to the highest level he will have played at now.