Here are our transfer ratings for Juvnentus’ outgoings in the 2022 January transfer window:
Dejan Kulusevski – Joined Tottenham (Loan)
Despite the long-term injury sustained by Federico Chiesa in January, Juventus deemed Kulusevski as dispensable such were his struggles in Turin.
It simply didn’t work out for the talented Swede at Juve after a promising enough debut campaign. Max Allegri wasn’t quite sure how to get the best out of him and any ‘high’ moments this term proved to be mere false dawns.
While the Bianconeri are now pretty thin in wide areas, they’re not going to miss Kulusevski’s production – or lack thereof. Antonio Conte at Spurs, meanwhile, will be hopeful of returning the 21-year-old to his destructive Parma form. He certainly has the potential to do so during his initial 18-month loan. Overall, this is a move that suits absolutely everybody.
Transfer rating: 8.5/10
Rodrigo Bentancur – Joined Tottenham (€25m)
After emerging as Juventus’ leading midfielder under Maurizio Sarri, Bentancur endured a miserable 2020/21 campaign and he seemingly became public enemy number one when his fatal error set the tone for yet another European humiliation against Porto.
Nevertheless, the Uruguayan arose from the depths of the Andrea Pirlo era to become a valuable member of Massimiliano Allegri’s squad. Now, he’s by no means a world-beater but Zakaria will have his work cut out in trying to match Bentancur’s defensive output. The departing midfielder also produced several impressive performances against top opposition this term, most notably against Chelsea and Milan (twice).
Therefore, while most are content with seeing Bentancur depart, I’m not a huge fan of the deal, especially when you take into account the finances involved. Spurs are paying Juventus €19m over three years as well as a potential €6m in bonuses, but 30% of this is going to Boca Juniors.
Thus, the Bianconeri aren’t profiting massively from Bentancur’s exit financially and I think his tenacity and infectious energy in the middle of the park will be sorely missed if Zakaria doesn’t hit the ground running.
Transfer rating: 5/10
Mohamed Ihattaren – Joined Ajax (Loan)
Following his Ligurian nightmare, Ihattaren was rewarded with a dream move to Ajax. Juventus agreed to loan the teenage Dutchman to the Amsterdamers for the entirety of 2022 and he’ll surely leave Juve permanently should Ajax be able to return Ihattaren to his most majestic form.
The enigmatic creator is in the ideal environment to turn his career around after a difficult couple of years and we’ll likely never see him don a Bianconeri strip. For Ihattaren, this is a brilliant move.
Transfer rating: 9/10
Radu Dragusin – Joined Salernitana (Loan)
Versatile 19-year-old defender saw his loan spell at Sampdoria cut short after notching 612 minutes of action during the first half of the season.
The Romanian was often used at right-back by Roberto D’Aversa and he impressed for the most part – all things told. Nevertheless, the club opted to bring him back in January before loaning him out once more to Salernitana for the remainder of the season.
There, he’ll likely play a more prominent role as the Granata push for survival down the stretch.
Transfer rating: 7/10
Aaron Ramsey – Joined Rangers (Loan)
Despite the arrival of their next superstar forward and departure of public enemy number one in January, it’s Aaron Ramsey’s loan exit to Rangers that brought about the most satisfaction among Juventini.
The Welshman’s departure appeared inevitable but as the days dragged on with the midfielder refusing to eat wood and nails alongside Sean Dyche at Burnley, the possibility of Ramsey remaining in Turin and clogging up the wage bill appeared a frightening reality.
But, thankfully, Scottish giants Rangers emerged as the good samaritan on deadline day to take Ramsey off Juve’s books on a six-month loan that’ll surely be made a permanent transfer in the summer. It’s a brilliant signing for the Gers if the 31-year-old can stay fit and for Juventus, it was a fitting end to a rebuild-defining window.
Transfer rating: 10/10