When it comes to transfer rumors, we can always count on Tuttosport to give us some memorable ones every transfer window. And that’s not always a good thing — even though some of Tuttosport’s “best” sometimes results in a laugh or two at their expense. (Even though, yes, they are the ones who started the Cristiano Ronaldo-to-Juventus train two summers ago.)
And sometimes they drop a cover like this:
That is the cover that was dropped Wednesday morning. The essence of Tuttosport’s main story is that Juventus Chief Football Officer Fabio Paratici has 11 players — YES, ELEVEN! — that could be used to generate transfer funds or be included in some kind of swap deal over the course of the upcoming transfer window.
In case you can’t figure out who’s there, these are the 11 players:
- Mattia Perin (currently on loan at Genoa)
- Mattia De Sciglio
- Daniele Rugani
- Cristian Romero (currently on loan at Genoa)
- Marko Pjaca (currently on loan at Anderlecht)
- Luca Pellegrini (currently on loan at Cagliari)
- Adrien Rabiot
- Miralem Pjanic
- Rolando Mandragora (currently with Udinese, but expected to return after his buyback clause is activated)
- Gonzalo Higuain
- Stephy Mavididi (currently on loan at French club Dijon)
Now, there have been a few other names thrown around in rumors in recent weeks — Douglas Costa and Aaron Ramsey to name a couple — but a lot of these guys above are names that we’ve been hearing as possible departures for the better part of the last month, if not expected to not be part of the 2020-21 season’s roster. Some of them are more likely than others, while some of them are probably players you might want to see stick around and get another season of opportunity as the club looks incredibly committed to trying to see out Maurizio Sarri’s vision for the club.
But there are bound to be changes.
That’s even with the coronavirus pandemic and the loss of massive game day revenue if the season is restarted with no fans in the stands throwing a entire market for a loop.
What we do know is that a good chunk of those names above will be on their way to new clubs during the upcoming transfer window. Does Rabiot have a better chance of staying around as compared to Pjanic? Well, who really knows at this point, but they both look like potential trade chips for Paratici to use to try and land somebody he covets. The likes of Romero and Pellegrini are young talents that other clubs would certainly love to have as well, which gives Paratici some possibilities when it comes to swap deals with either their current clubs or others in Italy.
No matter what, though, if a good amount of the 11 players listed above are used as either cash generators or used in a swap deal by Paratici, Juventus could very well be a little bit busier on the transfer market some of us might have thought they would be when you consider all of the outside factors that will change the way business is conducted.