Written By Onyeka Daniel

Juventus may be in for more troubles as another revelation about their transfer dealing is coming to light. According to reports, the Udine Prosecutor’s Office have opened an investigation into Udinese regarding their purchase of Rolando Mandragora from Juventus in 2018.

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According to a report from Il Messaggero Veneto, the investigators believe that the Friulian club may have carried out false accounting, to the exercise of the functions of the supervisory authorities and fraudulent declarations using false financial documents.

A case has been opened by public prosecutor Lucia Terzariol. Early this month, on November 3 precisely, Italy financial police searched Udinese’s headquarters and recovered various documents.

Club president Franco Soldati, his partner Stefano Campocci and the club as a whole have been registered as suspects. The Investigators have accused Udinese of false accounting in regard to their registration and subsequent amortization of Mandragora after his €20m purchase from Juventus on July 26, 2018.


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There are also concerns regarding the agreement with the Old Lady for his return two years later. Furthermore, Udinese are suspected of having evaded taxes of around €1.6m in their balance sheets of March 2020, having registered his amortisation fees of €6.6m, which investigators believe are ‘fictitious passive elements’ due to the ‘substantial economic nullification’ of the deal with Juventus.

Udine chief prosecutor Massimo Lia discussed the investigation into the club, saying: “A necessary activity, after our colleagues in Turin sent us the documents of our territorial jurisdiction. “The searches served to acquire the data necessary to understand how, accounting, the deal has been managed and thus ascertain whether and possibly which crimes to contest.”

Soldati’s lawyer expressed his confidence that his client and the club acted correctly, stating: “The transfer of sports rights is regular, and all the accounting entries reflect money movements that actually occurred.” He further stated.


Fiorentina midfielder Antonin Barak has claimed he ‘could’ve been like Christian Eriksen, collapsing on the pitch’ when an illness saw him hospitalised. Eriksen had an undiagnosed cardiac condition that saw his heart stop during Denmark’s EURO 2020 match against Finland.

He was revived with a defibrillator and later had a device implanted to help regulate the heart rhythm. “It had started in a fairly innocent way, it ended up with bilateral pneumonia, there was fluid in the lungs, then it became pericarditis and I had to be hospitalised,” Barak said in an interview.

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Pericarditis is an inflammation of the lining around the heart and can be extremely serious if not treated swiftly. “At the time, nobody told me how serious it was, that it could affect my future career. I only discovered later that I could’ve been like Christian Eriksen, collapsing on the pitch at the Euros.”

This seemed to happen while he was on international duty with the Czech Republic in the summer of 2023 and Barak is frustrated at the way he was treated. “I said what I had to say in a meeting with the important people, but none of the directors or coach Silhavy contacted me again, at least not personally.”

Fiorentina released a statement in response to this, insisting they had kept the medical situation ‘private’ because it was while Barak was on vacation abroad over the summer and not related to his football career. The club also maintains the timing and description of the medical issues were inaccurate. This is likely because while pericarditis can be dangerous, most recover fairly quickly and he was passed fit by the FIGC in late August 2023.

Barak also talked about just how close he was to joining Napoli in the summer of 2022. “It was practically all done, but it all got complicated when Napoli struggled to sell Fabian Ruiz in time, as he was the player I was meant to replace. “In the end, Napoli received this offer to get Tanguy Ndombele for free on loan from Tottenham and went for him instead. I was very angry at the time, but with hindsight, I don’t blame them for taking that route.” He further added.

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