The summer Mercato is officially closed. A long and tough mercato for Juventus were the club tried to reinforce some weak positions, with the main objective of rejuvenating the squad and focusing on getting younger players.
Here’s the summary of this transfer window.
Dejan Kulusevski: The 20 years old Swedish winger/midfielder joined Juve coming from Atalanta for a fee of €35 million euros + €9M payable over five years.
He signed a 4 year contract with the club, until June 2024.
Arthur Melo: The 23 years old Brazilian midfielder joined Juve coming from Barcelona for a fee of €72M + €10M bonuses, all payable over four years.
He signed a 5 year contract with the club, until Juve 2025.
Weston Mckennie: The 22 years old American midfielder joined Juve coming from Schalke 04 for a fee of €4.5 on a one year loan with the option (or obligation if certain conditions are met) of redemption for €18.5M payable over three years.
He signed a 1 year contract with the club, until 2021. (Because of the loan)
Alvaro Morata: The 27 years old Spanish center forward joined Juve coming from Atletico Madrid for a fee of €10M on loan, a redemption option for €45M.
Juve also has the right to extend the loan for another year, for another €10M, which if done, gives them a redemption option for €35M.
He signed a one year contract with the club, until 2021. (Because of the loan).
Federico Chiesa; The 22 years old Italian player joined Juventus coming from Fiorentina on a two year loan with a buy obligation for a reported fee of €50M.
He will earn around €5-6M per year.
Miralem Pjanic: The 30 years old Bosnian midfielder left Juve for Barcelona, for a fee of €60M + €5M bonuses, all payable over four years.
Blaise Matuidi: The 33 years old French midfielder left Juve for Inter Miami for free, as he terminated his contract with the club in mutual agreement.
Gonzalo Higuain: The 32 years old Argentinian striker left Juve for Inter Miami too, also for free as he terminated his contract with Juventus by mutual consent.
Higuain, unlike Matuidi, still received an indemnity of about 50% of his annual salary with Juve, so an indemnity of about €3.5M
Cristian Romero: The 22 years old Argentinian defender left Juve to Atalanta on loan for a fee of €2M, plus the option of redemption for €16M payable over three years.
Daniele Rugani: The 26 years old Italian defender left Juve to Rennes on a one year loan deal, for a fee of €1.5M
Simone Muratore: The 22 years old Italian midfielder left Juve to join Atalanta, for a fee of €7M payable over four years.
Douglas Costa: The 30 years old Brazilian winger joined Bayern Munich on a one year free loan.
De Sciglio: The 27 year old Italian fullback left Juve to join Lyon on a one year free loan.
Mattia Perin, Luca Pellegrini, Marko Pjaca all joined Genoa on a free one year loan.
Nicolussi Caviglia also moved an a free one year loan to Parma.
Juventus got rid of mostly old players and loaned some young ones out to gain experience.
On the other hand, those old players were replaced by younger ones, so the rejuvenation process was totally on.
The Bianconeri also didn’t spend that much money and knew how to get the players they wanted despite the difficult financial situation.
But, once again, the club had a very hard time selling, or getting rid of, the unwanted players.
Juve did well to reinforce the midfield and get a striker, but perhaps didn’t improve a position that the club clearly suffers in, which is the fullbacks position.
But that, can probably be explained by Pirlo’s ideas, as he prefers to use wingbacks with 3 defenders at the back rather than using classic fullbacks.