Juventus might not be doing much business for this current January transfer window, but it looks as though Fabio Paratici and Juve’s new-look front office is trying to do plenty of business in January.
Hours before the weekend officially started, we heard via Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio that young Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is one of Paratici’s top summer targets. And now, according to multiple reports in Italy, an even younger Italian midfielder is also going to be on Juventus’ radar in the coming weeks and months.
Both Goal’s Romeo Agresti and the Corriere di Torino — via vecchiasignora.com — Juventus are going to start ramping up their efforts to sign Brescia starlet Sandro Tonali. According to Agresti, Paratici’s right-hand man, Federico Cherubini, was in the stands on Saturday to watch Tonali and Brescia face Perugia, the latest sign that Juventus are truly in keeping the teenager who’s currently taking Serie B by storm in Italy. (Unlike another former teenager who dominated Italy’s second division and then went on to be sold to the highest bidder a few years back...)
Additionally, according to La Stampa, Tonali’s desired destination if he were to leave Brescia — which everybody expects to happen at some point soon — is ... Juventus.
Tonali, who won’t turn 19 years old until the second week of May, made plenty of headlines earlier this season when he was called up to the Italian national team by manager Roberto Mancini despite the fact the young midfielder plays in Serie B. It’s spurred plenty of comparisons to Andrea Pirlo — and it doesn’t hurt him that he kinda looks like a young Pirlo — but that’s obviously going to be something that the Italian media is going to jump on and absolutely run with.
He’s been linked with a move to Italy’s other big clubs as well as random mentions of English Premier League sides like Chelsea. (HEY DID YOU HEAR CHELSEA IS MANAGED BY AN ITALIAN?!) But if Juventus don’t want Tonali to turn into Verratti 2.0, then the reported transfer fee that could touch as much as €25 million is something they’re bound to seriously consider.