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OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: Genoa buy Stefano Sturaro outright

And just like that, he’s gone for good.

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I guess Stefano Sturaro simply returning to Genoa was enough for them to deem him worthy of a good chunk of money going to Juventus.

All of two weeks after making his return to Genoa on loan, the 25-year-old Sturaro has seen that loan deal become a permanent one. No loans with an option to buy. No loan with a fixed obligation to buy. Wednesday’s dealings sees Genoa purchase Sturaro’s rights outright, handing over a transfer fee of three times more than Juventus paid for his services over four and a half years ago.

From Juventus’ official website:

Turin, 6 February 2019 - Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that, following the achievement of the conditions provided by the contract, the obligation for the definitive acquisition of the registration rights of the player Stefano Sturaro by Genoa Cricket & Football Club S.p.A. became due for a consideration of € 16.5 million to be paid in four financial years.

The economic effect is positive for about € 12.9 million.

Excuse me but a positive economic effect of HOW MUCH?!

Do the quick math, folks.

Juventus bought Sturaro for €5.5 million back the summer of 2014.

Subtract salary savings and the €16.5 million sale from Wednesday’s dealings and you’ve got Juventus coming out of the Sturaro era €12.9 million richer.

How you like that?

To get that kind of price for a relatively limited player who obviously is no longer in Juventus’ plans and has been injured for the better part of the last 12 months, it’s pretty impressive. And it just shows just how much are willing to pay to even get fringe-level talent from Juventus. (Remember, Juve got a cool €20 million for Rolando Mandragora last summer, you guys.)

So as we say goodbye to Mr. Sturaro, we shall always hold and cherish his most memorable moment in a Juventus jersey, one that will always be associated with him no matter what he goes on to achieve in his career.

Ah, that’s the good stuff right there. I wonder how many times both Sturaro and James have replayed it in their heads over the last couple of years. Because I know I have — at least a couple of times.