Juventus’ conservative and almost pedantic approach in attempting to sign their priority transfer target of the summer, Manuel Locatelli, suggests that the club, financially stricken by the COVID-19 pandemic, will be enjoying a fairly serene transfer window.
The requisite funds for a much-needed creative midfielder, for example, just aren’t available at the moment.
However, the possibility to raise a little bit of income through player sales is an intriguing one. Juve have several players on their books who certainly fit the disposable bill. They could depart Turin and very few would bat an eyelid.
Here are our top-five chopping block contenders this summer.
The forgotten man certainly has something to prove in pre-season, but if Juventus are able to keep hold of the wantaway Merih Demiral this summer, then Daniele Rugani simply has to go. They don’t need five senior centre-halves in the depth chart, even if two of them are well into the twilight of their careers.
While Rugani is never going to reach the lofty heights he was once projected, the 26-year-old proved during his loan spell at Cagliari last season that his ‘talent’ hasn’t completely faded.
He’d be an astute investment for a middle-of-the-road Serie A side.
Mattia De Sciglio
The Juventus iteration of Mattia De Sciglio was at its best in 2018 when Massimiliano Allegri was at the helm, and the returning boss may be keen to keep the versatile full-back for 2021/22.
However, with Danilo a similar profile to the 28-year-old and enjoying an underrated campaign last time out, it doesn’t appear necessary for Juve to retain De Sciglio, especially if the right offer comes in.
The 39-time capped Italy international was deemed surplus to requirements by both Maurizio Sarri and Andrea Pirlo, but he did enjoy a fine stint in Ligue 1 with Lyon last season, making 29 league appearances. It remains to be seen whether the French side will return with a permanent bid this summer.
Overall, while retaining De Sciglio wouldn’t be disastrous, it’d be unnecessary and a chance missed to recuperate some funds.