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Report: Juventus, Boca Juniors rework potential Rodrigo Bentancur resale terms

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He’s not leaving, but just in case it ever happens...

Rodrigo Bentancur of Juventus FC in action during the Serie... Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images

The deal in which Rodrigo Bentancur arrived at Juventus was one in which we’ve rarely seen before, if ever frankly. The headliner was obviously Carlos Tevez returning to his hometown club in Boca Juniors where his heart was, but Juventus had so many different options to acquire young players that if I told you the reader to recall every single one of them ... it’d be quite the task.

Rodrigo Bentancur has proven to be the ultimate prize in that deal, with the young Uruguayan’s true breakout season coming in this 2019-20 campaign that is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But with the acquisition of Bentancur came the catch that has been in his contract ever since he arrived in Turin: that of the resale clause that meant Boca would get a big chunk of any transfer fee Juve potentially received.

That, my friends, is something Juventus has been working very hard to both bring down and eventually fully get rid of. According to a report in the Corriere Torino earlier this week, Juventus and Boca have come to an agreement that will see the Italian champions pay €2 million over to Boca every year until 2026 — which may seem like a long time and will end up being more than what Juve paid for Bentancur in the long run, but will likely end up being completely worth it based on the alternative.

It’s been reported that Boca Juniors worked in a resale clause of around 50 percent into the deal, which pretty much explains why Juventus wants to get the resale clause out of the deal completely. (Yes, even if they don’t have any plans to sell Bentancur in the next handful of years — which they shouldn’t.)

The contrarian around here will say that Juventus want to pay down the resale percentage so that the club can get the most bang for its buck if it decides to sell Bentancur in the future. However, as we’ve seen both on the field and subsequently reported in the Italian press recently, the notion that Juve are even thinking of parting ways with the emerging Uruguayan star is pretty next to nothing at this point in time.

And one has to wonder that once Juventus get the reported contract extensions with the likes of Gigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala done after the coronavirus suspension of play is lifted and players can return to the team facilities that Bentancur is going to be one of the next players in line for an extension himself. He’s been that good this season.

Bentancur’s current deal, one he signed last June, runs until 2024.

(Memo to Juve: Give him as many years as he wants. I’m proud of my son.)