TURIN. The future is now. Uncertain and delicate like the Champions sprint, which on Sunday will issue the last sentences, but in full swing and with scenarios to be discovered. There is not only the fate of Andrea Pirlo hanging from the result on Sunday evening, in this triangle that sees Milan, Naples and Juventus fighting for the last two places in the richest Europe, but also the Bianconeri market. The great maneuvers have already begun, although a lot will depend on what Cristiano Ronaldo wants to do. His farewell due to the lack of Champions League qualification is practically certain, while a stay in Turin in the event of a fourth place finish is still to be deciphered. And then Juve is moving, also looking for a great shot to remedy the departure of CR7.
Thus from Spain and France the rumors of an interest in Antoine Griezmann are bouncing more and more insistently: Barcelona’s talent is on the market and is tempting Juventus, which is thinking about a complex operation in times of economic crisis. The French striker has a very high salary, he now earns 18 million euros per season, and in the summer of 2019 Barça paid 120 million to snatch him from Atletico. Taxation on foreigners who come to Italy can help with the salary, but otherwise Juve thinks of a loan or an exchange with the Catalan club. Last year the sports director Paratici made a record capital gain by selling Pjanic and taking Arthur, now he could try again with Dybala-Griezmann. Two champions who are not part of the projects of their respective teams, while Argentina’s Joya will be a luxury free agent in a year.
Griezmann is at the window, waiting to play the European Championships, but he doesn’t want to leave Barcelona after only two years. Juventus evaluates every situation and in the meantime moves to raise money or solve problems. In these hours there has been an acceleration to sell the Brazilian Douglas Costa to Gremio: the attacker returns from the loan at Bayern Munich and will not stay in Turin, but returns home. Juventus avoids the capital loss, given that it will lend the attacking winger for one year who has a contract until June 2022, but will save almost 5 million euros net in salary. Only the green light from Fifa is awaited, because the Serie A market is still closed unlike Brazil. De Sciglio will not return to Juventus either, he remains at Lyon or plays in another club, while Buffon has already said goodbye to Juve after winning the Italian Cup and yesterday there was also a meeting between captain Chiellini and president Andrea Agnelli. At the heart of the reasoning is the future of the defender, who is about to expire his contract, and a renewal that can mature before the Europeans.