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Juventus Closing In On Their Second Midfield Target And What It Could Mean For Rabiot And Koopmeiners

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Yesterday, Juventus confirmed that Douglas Luiz has joined the club from Aston Villa in a €50m deal. The two clubs carried out negotiations over a swap deal involving Douglas Luiz, Iling-Junior and Barrenechea.

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The latter was included in the deal at a later stage after Weston McKennie refused to leave the Bianconeri despite a contract expiring in June 2025.Juventus are expected to announce Villa’s purchase of Barrenechea and Iling-Junior in the coming hours.


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This means the Serie A giants would spend €25m cash to sign Douglas Luiz, scorer of 10 goals across all competitions with Aston Villa last season. After announcing the signing of Douglas Luiz, the Bianconeri are reportedly very close to adding yet another reinforcement to their midfield for the coming season.

Their new manager, Thiago Motta has reportedly asked the club to beef up the midfield, and with the uncertainty surrounding the future of Adrien Rabiot, following the expiry of his contract, the club are looking at other targets. The Serie A giants have identified Khephren Thuram as the right profile for the role.

Though the initial target was Teun Koopmeiners. According to a report from IlBianconero, Juve are on the verge of agreeing a deal with Nice that would see Lilian Thuram’s son following in his father’s footsteps by making the move to Turin. With the 23-year-old’s contract set to expire next summer, the Old Lady was able to secure the deal on a discount.

Juventus will reportedly splash €15 million, and he will sign a five-year contract, the yearly amortization cost will be €3m. The report also expects Thuram to earn €2 million per season as net wages. Therefore, his gross salary, following the abolishment of the Growth Decree, will be around €3.7 million.

So between amortization costs and the player’s salary, this operation should will weigh around €6.7 million on the club’s yearly balance sheet.Curiously, this move is less costly than renewing Rabiot’s contract, as the 29-year-old’s net salary (before taxes) is around €7 million and he’s still demanding for an improved salary to sign a new contract.

It looks like with the signing of Khephren, whose elder brother, Marcus Thuram is already playing with Inter Milan, Juve will shelve their plans for Koopmeiners, unless they’re able to find a new club for the likes of Manuel Locatelli, Hans Nicolussi Caviglia and Fabio Miretti. While Nicolo Fagioli is expected to stay.

Meanwhile…

Weston McKennie is reportedly reflecting on Fenerbahce’s offer to play under the guidance of Jose Mourinho after being told that he doesn’t have a future in Turin. Last season, the 25-year-old enjoyed his most prosperous campaign on a personal level since making the move to Turin in 2020.

He became a regular starter in Massimiliano Allegri’s tactical setup and provided nine assists between Serie A and the Coppa Italia. However, all signs are pointing towards a summer exit. First of all, the American’s contract will expire next year, and the two parties have failed to make a breakthrough in their extension talks.

Largely because the management is refusing to grant the player his requested salary. Moreover, the new Juventus coach doesn’t consider McKennie as part of his plans for next season. So according to La Stampa, the Texan is now considering an offer made by Mourinho who invited him to sign for Fenerbahce.

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The Special One Is well-familiar with the midfielder having coached in Serie A over the last three seasons, specifically at Roma.The Portuguese raised many eyebrows by signing for the Turkish giants, and is now looking to use his renowned charm to lure big names to Istanbul.Moreover,

A report from Tuttosport claims that Juventus are expecting a figure between €15 and €18 million to part ways with the American star, but a figure closer to €10m is probably what they’re going to get for a player with a contract that expires in the next summer transfer window.

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