Juventus’ January transfer window came to a relatively quiet close on Monday, with a pair of loan moves completing the small amount of business the club did during these strict budget times as a result of the pandemic.
Juve announced right before the winter transfer window came to a close that defender Daniele Rugani and midfielder Rolando Mandragora have seen their current loan deals at Rennes and Udinese, respectively, terminated so that they can join new clubs for the second half of the 2020-21 season. Rugani, who joined Rennes in the final days of the summer transfer window, will spend the remainder of the season on loan at Cagliari, while Mandragora will move from Udinese to Torino, with the latter having a handful of different options to make the deal permanent come the summertime.
The official details of the detail involving Mandragora and Juve’s city rivals:
Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that the agreement with Udinese Calcio S.p.A. for the temporary transfer of the player Rolando Mandragora has been terminated and, at the same, an agreement with Torino F.C. S.p.A. has been finalized for a new temporary transfer of the player until 30 June 2022. These operations do not generate any significant economic effects in the current financial year.
The agreement also provides:
· Torino F.C. S.p.A. with an option right, to be exercised within 30 June 2021, for the definitive acquisition of the player for a consideration of € 16 million, to be paid in five financial years;
· Torino F.C. S.p.A. with an option right, to be exercised within 30 June 2022, for the definitive acquisition of the player for a consideration of € 14 million, to be paid in five financial years;
· Torino F.C. S.p.A. with an obligation to definitively acquire the player for a consideration of € 9 million, to be paid in four financial years, subject to the achievement of certain given sportive objectives by the end of the 2021/2022 season. The agreed consideration might increase up to a maximum of € 1 million upon achievement of further performance objectives.
The statement involving Rugani’s loan move to Cagliari was a little less detailed:
Daniele Rugani will wear the Cagliari jersey for the remainder of the season.
The defender, hitherto on loan to Rennes, has been temporarily transferred to the Sardinian team, where he will play until 30 June.
Rugani, once viewed as a potential centerpiece to Juventus’ defense when he first became a regular fixture with the senior team, made all of two appearances for Rennes after dealing with a lengthy injury spell within a couple of weeks after he signed with the French side. Rugani’s arrival at Cagliari — which is currently sitting in the third and final relegation spot in the Serie A standings entering the weekend — will be the first time he’s played at a Serie A club not named Juventus since early in his career at Empoli under then-manager Maurizio Sarri. (Remember that season where he went all 38 games without picking up a booking?)
It’s the same kind of situation for Mandragora, who was initially bought back by Juventus over the summer but loaned right back to Udinese as he rehabbed from major knee surgery. The 23-year-old midfielder made his return to the field in late-November and had been seeing regular playing time off the bench for Udinese the last few weeks. But with the move to Torino, the chance to play more — as well as Juventus make a little bit of money with the variety of buy options they now have worked into the deal — saw him head back to Turin on the final day of the winter transfer window.