Juventus Transfers: Gianluca Frabotta is Hellas Verona bound

Gianluca Frabotta is close to joining Hellas Verona on a season-long loan with an option to buy, per reports.

The young Italian was a surprise inclusion in Andrea Pirlo’s first Serie A team sheet as Juve boss last season, and it appeared the attack-minded full-back could establish himself as a prominent member in Pirlo’s hybrid system.

However, he’d start just seven more league games as the unspectacular but reliable Alex Sandro snatched back the starting berth with ease.

The return of the dynamic Luca Pellegrini this summer thrust Frabotta’s Bianconeri future into doubt, with several clubs expressing an interest in the 22-year-old.

His next club, however, has now become clear.

Heading to Hellas Verona

Romeo Agresti confirmed Gianluca Di Marzio’s earlier report of Frabotta joining Eusebio Di Francesco’s Hellas Verona on loan for the 2021/22 campaign.

Agresti added that the loan comes with an obligation to buy, one dependant on “certain conditions”.

With Federico Dimarco returning to Inter Milan this summer following a successful loan stint in Verona, the Gialloblu have been in the market for a left-back. However, should Di Francesco, who’s been a four-at-the-back coach in the past, retain the impressive 3-4-2-1 system that Ivan Juric implemented during his managerial spell, Frabotta could be used as a wing-back. A role that should suit his skill set.

What happened to Atalanta?

Atalanta were reportedly close to completing a move for the 22-year-old, but La Dea instead opted to move for Parma’s Giuseppe Pezzella.

It’s understood that Frabotta also rejected an approach from Genoa, while Calciomercato recently reported that Swiss giants Basel were interested in acquiring the Italian.

Juventus’ situation

Luca Pellegrini is poised to have plenty of opportunities in the first team next season. (Photo by Stefano Guidi/Getty Images)

With Frabotta out the door, the path has cleared for Pellegrini. The returning loanee will surely serve as Alex Sandro’s back-up to start the campaign, although there’s certainly potential for the young Italian to usurp the reliable but ageing Brazilian by the end of the season.

Mattia De Sciglio, should he stay, and Danilo are also capable of shifting over to the opposite flank. External options are also on the table should funds become available from player sales.