Juventus’ quick and swift move for one of Serie A’s young revelations just got one step closer from being filled in the “OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL” category here on this blog.
And it just so happens that step is the one that’s needed before we get to see that new signing sitting with Fabio Paratici and/or Pavel Nedved as they sign their new contract.
Dejan Kulusevski has officially made his way to J Medical on Thursday morning after arriving in Turin the night before. Kulusevski, who is currently on loan at Parma, is expected to sign with Juventus from Atalanta for a reported price tag of €35 million plus add-ons worth up to another €10 million. He will, as has been reported from pretty much the beginning of Juventus winning the race to his signature, spending the rest of the 2019-20 season on loan at Parma and then rejoin his new club come the summer time.
Juventus faced stiff competition in the race to sign Kulusevski, who has scored four goals and recorded seven assists for Parma so far this season. Inter was the biggest threat when it comes to Serie A teams trying to sign the 19-year-old Swede, with English Premier League sides like Manchester United and Chelsea reportedly being teams that were interested in trying to acquire Kulusevski.
Turns out, Juventus’ interest and the fact that he could be a very good fit into Maurizio Sarri’s tactical plans won out, according to a report earlier in the week from Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio.
And it always helps that Juve and Atalanta are quite familiar with one another when it comes to doing business on the transfer market. (This, of course, is not the first time Juve have acquired a player from Atalanta during the January transfer window and then sent them on loan somewhere in Serie A for the second half of a given season.)
It won’t be long until Juventus see Kulusevski again, with Parma coming to Turin to officially begin the second half of the season on Jan. 19. Knowing how the first game went against Parma and the fact that the second half of the season is supposed to be when (historically) a Sarri-coached team really begins to hit its stride, throwing in the fact that a player Juventus just dropped €35 million on will be playing against them is just a little more added spice to the equation.
With Kulusevski now officially in Turin and undergoing his medicals, there’s just one more step for him to take before the move to Juventus becomes as officially official as it can be.