Peace out, summer transfer window.
We won’t miss you. Or, I guess I should say that we won’t miss all of the stupid and crazy rumors involving some of our most beloved Juventus players that you provided over the course of the last three or four months.
Yes, the Sept. 2 transfer deadline day has come and gone, with a very uneventful final day of the transfer window for Fabio Paratici and Co. in Turin. Or, at least, that’s what we think seeing as the bulk of the rumors surrounding Juventus — and it’s not like there were many to begin with, honestly — on Monday involved deals that won’t happen rather than some kind of sudden arrival or departure taking place before the transfer window closed up its doors until the new year.
Fact is, the one signing Juventus did announce on its social media platforms had more to do with somebody who will be playing for the primavera and/or Under-23 team rather than with the big boys when they come back from the current international break in two weeks.
(No shade to you, Han Kwang Song, but it’s not like you’re going to be the difference in Juventus winning the Champions League group stage opener against Atletico Madrid later this month.)
So, that means we’ve pretty much known for weeks now who Juventus’ summers signings are. There’s no last-minute analysis to make as to why Paratici made this move and that move and every one in between. Maybe the bigger story — outside of Juventus signing Matthijs de Ligt last month — is the number of players who were heavily linked with an exit during the summer months who are still wearing bianconero.
Did you expect Sami Khedira to still be a Juventus player?
What about Blaise Matuidi?
And Mario Mandzukic?
Gonzalo Higuain, too?
Heck, even though the Giorgio Chiellini ACL tear changed things up, what about Daniele Rugani?
Obviously the biggest name to stick around this summer is Paulo Dybala, who was rumored to be close to joining both Manchester United (in a swap deal involving now-Inter striker Romelu Lukaku) and Tottenham Hotspur within a week of one another in early August. Neither came to fruition, however, with Dybala’s image rights and his overall will to want to stay at Juventus and prove himself under first-year manager Maurizio Sarri making the difference.
So, with all of that being said, how would you grade Juventus’ mercato? Not just the additions of de Ligt, Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey, Gigi Buffon and Danilo. The overall mercato activity, folks.
Have at it — and let the discussion begin.
What grade would you give Juventus’ summer mercato?
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C-minus or lower