Juventus have identified their replacement for the outgoing Paulo Dybala: Sassuolo’s Giacomo Raspadori.
The Bianconeri opted against renewing Dybala’s contract, meaning that he’ll leave at the end of a season on a free transfer. While many are at peace with La Joya departing following his seven years of service, there’s no denying that his exit leaves a gaping creative void in the Juve ranks.
Dybala leads all Juventus players with 19 goal contributions in 30 games this season.
Replacing La Joya in Turin will be no easy feat, but there are several ways the club could go about it.
Juventus have identified Sassuolo’s Giacomo Raspadori as Paulo Dybala’s replacement
Since the end of the January transfer window, Juventus have been linked with several Serie A ‘playmakers’ that could potentially replace Dybala in the summer.
Those rumours intensified once news broke of the Argentine’s impending free-agent departure, as Nicolo Zaniolo, Domenico Berardi and Raspadori were all touted to be Dybala’s successor at Juve.
And while the club remain keen on signing Zaniolo, La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Italia) understands that the Bianconeri have identified Sassuolo’s Raspadori as their number one target to replace Dybala.
The report states that talks have already begun with the player’s agent, Tullio Tinti, with Sassuolo placing an affordable €30m price tag on the 22-year-old’s head.
The Neroverdi have a cordial relationship with Juventus after they negotiated Manuel Locatelli’s transfer last summer and director Giovanni Carnevali recently said that Sass would be ‘happy’ to negotiate with the Old Lady again.
Raspadori is a brilliant option for Juventus. The young Italian has enjoyed a fine season at the Mapei, registering 14 Serie A goal contributions, and he could fit nicely into a variety of systems. I’ve compared him to Dybala in that he scores just as much as he creates, only Raspadori is more explosive than the languid Argentine.
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