In terms of assets that Juventus currently has on its roster, Miralem Pjanic and Alex Sandro are two of the biggest and most desirable. They’re both in the prime of their already very good careers and can demand the kind of transfer fees that few at their respective positions can these days.
Rumors about both of them potentially leaving this summer for big-time transfer fees have come and, thankfully, gone without either one changing clubs.
And now, as the summer transfer window reaches its final days of business in Italy, Pjanic and Sandro look set to stay put — and for a little white longer, too.
According to SportItalia, Juventus director general Beppe Marotta and sporting director Fabio Paratici have made serious headway when it comes to locking up both the 28-year-old Pjanic and the 27-year-old Sandro to contract extensions in the not-too-distant future. There is no specifications as to how long each of the new deals would run through, but seeing as both players have at least two more years left on their current contracts, it’s pretty safe to assume that they would be extended out long enough to when both players surpass at least 30 years old.
Marotta & Paratici have had contacts with Pjanic & Alex Sandro’s agents today. Miralem & Alex are close to signing a new contracts with Juventus. (Sportitalia) pic.twitter.com/el7OOWwcG7— Khaled Al Nouss (@khaledalnouss1) August 10, 2018
It’s been quite an interesting summer for both players when it comes to the rumors surrounding their futures in Turin.
This wasn’t the first time that Sandro was linked with a move away from Turin, as the same handful of clubs he’s been linked to in the past were reportedly of interest this summer. We heard about Manchester United. We heard about Paris Saint-Germain. We heard about Juventus selling Sandro to make way from fellow Brazilian Marcelo at left back. It’s basically been rumor after rumor, but nothing truly becoming something to pay attention to.
Same goes for Pjanic, who was subject of the Maurizio Sarri-just-went-to-Chelsea-and-wants-to-raid-Italy rumor mill that lasted all of about a week. Some said Juventus would demand upward of €100 million for Pjanic, who cost all of €32 million when he signed from Roma two summers ago.
The transfer rumors will probably always surround Pjanic and Sandro because they’re two very talented footballers. But, if SportItalia is on the money with this one, the only club they’re going to be playing for is the one that has won the last seven Serie A titles.
(You know, the same club that signed Cristiano Ronaldo last month.)