Deadline days have relatively quiet for Juventus in recent years. They’ve either already concluded their business or have failed to get deals done, so the final hours of the summer and winter transfer windows are usually for very, very minor moves if anything at all.
But 2020 is not like other years.
Not in the slightest.
According to reports from what seems like just about every major sports media outlet in Italy, Juventus and Fiorentina have agreed to an initial loan deal for Italian winger Federico Chiesa. The terms of the deal vary depending on who you hear about the deal, from the basics of the deal are this: a loan deal for the 2020-21 season with possibly another year on loan after that with an obligation to buy once the loan portion is over.
Regardless of how the deal’s structured, the end price will be around €50 million, according to Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio and Fabrizio Romano as well as La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Nico Schira.
Chiesa is expected in Turin on Monday — the final day of the summer transfer window in Italy — to complete his medical exams. He is expected to agree to a contract that runs through 2025, be it as a contract extension with Fiorentina before signing with Juventus or once he is a member of Andrea Pirlo’s squad.
The Chiesa rumors have picked up serious steam over the course of the last week or so. The caveat in all of it is that Juventus needed to unload players to free up money for the opportunity to get Chiesa on loan with said obligation to buy. Daniele Rugani has since moved on loan to Rennes. It was reported right before the scheduled kickoff time that Douglas Costa will be moving on loan to Bayern — which saves a whole lot of money salary-wise — and Mattia De Sciglio will be going to Lyon on loan. Thus the ability to do some last-minute transfer market dealing with Fiorentina.
Now, the question remains where, exactly, Chiesa fits into Pirlo’s plans. We know what kind of player he is, but we’re also assuming that there’s no perfect fit for him in Pirlo’s 3-4-1-2 formation unless he’s got a few surprises into store for us after the international break.
Either way, it looks like Chiesa will be showing up to J Medical on the final day of the transfer window and that Juventus will be getting something they haven’t had in a little while — more than just a couple of Italian international players on the roster.