Juventus were in search of cash in the last summer transfer window. Amid the lack of liquidity following the pandemic, it was rather a surprising move from Bianconeri to decide against selling Federico Bernardeschi, who was then thought to be an outcast, in the summer.
Since moving to Turin from Fiorentina in 2017, Bernardeschi has struggled to find the self that convinced Juventus to shell out €40m on the signing of the Tuscany-born outlet. In five seasons (including the ongoing one) in Serie A, Bernardeschi has racked up only seven goals for the Old Lady.
Under Andrea Pirlo’s management last season, the creative playmaker was highly ineffective, failing to score a single goal, per FBref.com, in over 972 minutes of domestic football.
While he did not get enough chances under Pirlo last season, the poor form continues to haunt Bernardeschi this season — with Massimiliano Allegri now at the helm of the 36-time Scudetto winners.
Juventus intend to sell Bernardeschi if there is no agreement for renewal by January
As per the reports, the club might put an end to Bernardeschi’s misery by letting him leave in the upcoming January transfer window. According to the report from Corriere di Torino (via Tutto Juve), Juventus, at the moment, don’t have a plan to renew Bernardeschi’s contract, which is going to expire in June 2022.
If Juve fail to agree upon a new contract with Mino Raiola (Bernardeschi’s agent) before the winter transfer window, the club will be seeking buyers for Bernardeschi in January in an attempt to avoid losing the 27-year-old for free in the next summer transfer window.
If not anything, Bernardeschi’s availability has come in handy for Allegri in recent weeks. With both Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata injured, the Italy international has been a regular in Allegri’s starting line-up of late.
The performances, however, haven’t reflected the faith shown in him by the manager, with Bernardeschi, despite making seven appearances, yet to log a goal or assist in Serie A 2021/22.
Should the miserable form continue, he will be considered surplus to Allegri’s requirements. And then, there would be no better option for Bernardeschi than to leave Juventus.
The general feeling among the enthusiasts is that Bernardeschi, 27, is far from a finished article. He still has the time to restore his dormant career elsewhere, if not at Juventus. From his departure in January, the Old Lady will get some much-needed cash to upgrade the personnel and the player will receive an opportunity to rejuvenate his career.