We’re in the second weekend of October, which means Juventus adding any kind of help for the second half of the 2021-22 season is still months away. But, as always, that doesn’t stop the rumor mill from churning out a couple of juicy bits of transfer-related things to keep our appetite at least a little satisfied.
This weekend brought us this rumor from Italian transfer reporter Nicolo Schira: Current Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek could very much leave his current employer at the start of the new year, with his playing time completely diminished as he’s buried at the bottom of Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s depth chart. Schira has reported that Juventus Chief Football Officer Federico Cherubini has been in contact with van de Beek’s agent within the last week and that Juve are interested in a loan deal with an option to buy.
The interest in van de Beek on Juventus’ part has also been reported by La Stampa (via vecchiasignora.com) on Monday morning. Within the report, La Stampa also states that there has been contact between Cherubini and the Dutchman’s agent.
Donny #VanDeBeek could leave #ManchesterUnited in January. #Juventus have shown interest for the midfielder: Juve’s sports director Cherubini has talked with his agent G.Albers in the last days. Bianconeri are interested for a loan with option to buy. #Newcastle also want him— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) October 9, 2021
(Of course Newcastle would be linked to a player in the January transfer window. They’re about to be linked to just about every player who might even have the slightest bit of availability over the next couple of months because of they’re new ownership group.)
Now, when it comes to Juventus’ interest in the 24-year-old van de Beek, it makes a whole lot of sense considering the club’s current financial limitations. We know they’re a club to not spend a whole lot of money in January to begin with, then you throw in the fact that money is extremely tight after the loss of over €200 million during the last fiscal year and you’ve got some extremely tight budgeting happening at the moment.
But with van de Beek, it’s the kind of buy-low candidate on a still-young player who is obviously very talented that Juventus has done in the past. As things continue to go poorly in Manchester and his playing time continues to be extremely limited, the likelihood of van de Beek leaving becomes more and more of a thing, you have to imagine that a player that Juve has their eye remains in the picture.
Plus, you know, adding a talented player to a midfield that still very much needs talented additions alongside Manuel Locatelli is never a bad thing. Especially when it’s somebody from the young core of former Ajax players that unfortunately beat Juventus in the Champions League a couple of years ago.