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Juventus Complete The Signing Of A Goalkeeper As Threats From England Emerge For Calafiori

Written By Onyeka Daniel

It’s been quite a while since the first report that Juventus were looking to sign Monza goalkeeper, Michele Di Gregorio, but in the past few weeks, the reports have died down. This is definitely not an indication that they’ve abandoned the deal.

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Rather, they were looking to offload one of their own, to make a room for him in their squad. Now, it looks like everything is in place, hence the player has now signed his contract with the club.

Gregorio, who came out from the Inter Milan academy, quickly emerged as one of the Bianconeri’s key targets for the upcoming summer transfer window and he is said to be a express request of Thiago Motta.


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While the presence of Wojciech Szczesny had initially threatened to derail this move, (Juve had already found and agreement with the player and Monza), but couldn’t move forward because of the Polish goalkeeper, it looks like that part will soon be sorted out.

According to reports, the Old Lady are ready to offload the former Arsenal goalkeeper to Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr, who have already drawn up a two-year contract worth €20m net per season.

The Italian giants want €5m to complete the deal, a rather small fee for the wealthy middle eastern club. This is why Calciomercato is confident that Di Gregorio has signed his five-year contract, with a salary of €2m net per year, plus rising add-ons.

The official announcement is expected to arrive next week, after he fully completes his medicals in Turin. The Bianconeri will pay €18m plus €2m in add-ons for him, and this will earn Inter around €2m thanks to the 10% future resale clause that was in his contract when the Nerazzurri sold him to Monza in the summer of 2020.

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While they’re set to conclude this deal, they could miss out on another of their major transfer target. Bologna defender, Riccardo Calafiori has been able to increase his stock with the Italian national team at the ongoing European Championship, happening in Germany.

Consequently, EPL clubs, Arsenal and Liverpool are expected to make a move for him in this transfer window, according to a report from Tuttosport. The 22-year-old played a leading role in Bologna’s UCL charge, where they qualified for Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in six decades.

This has brought him to the radar of Juventus, who will be counting on the fact that they’ve recently appointed Motta, his former coach at Bologna as their new manager. According to the report, they’ve also agreed personal terms with him, a five-year contract worth around €2.5m net per season, but their €25m offer to Bologna was rejected.

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But Bologna have continued to insist that none of their players are for sell, except for those that they have no control over their future, just like Motta, and also Joshua Zirkzee, but they might listen to a huge offer, if the player also pushes for a transfer.

According to the report, Calafiori is now on the radar of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham ahead of the summer transfer window, and the Rossoblu will be hoping to get at least, €50m in transfer fee for him if he keeps performing well with the Azzurri.

Spurs have reportedly been in contact with Bologna and are preparing to make a move, whilst the Gunners have started testing the waters with his agent Alessandro Lucci. Liverpool could offer a player plus cash deal, using Bologna’s interest in one of their players (Sepp van den Berg).

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