With the departure of Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon, all eyes have been set on Wojciech Szczęsny. Following 17 years of Italian glory, it was difficult to understand the situation Juventus was in. Upon their pursuit for a keeper, there was no doubt in how keen they were for Genoa superstar Mattia Perin.
Looking at how the deal became reality, football fans are still in awe.
According to Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus and Genoa have reportedly come to an agreement of €15 million that will allow Perin to play at the Allianz Stadium next season.
He will join the Bianconeri after reaching an offer of €12 million plus €3 million in bonuses. He has agreed to a four-year deal and an annual salary of €2.5 million.
Genoa’s general manager Giorgio Perinetti spoke of the rumoured talks with Napoli but confirmed what all Juventus fans wanted to hear.
“Napoli? There were talks, as well as with other clubs, but the player made clear his preference for Juventus.”
Though to some this is seen as an odd agreement, due to him having to compete with Szczesny to replace Buffon, most understand the long-term investment. With Beppe Marotta completing around the same price when signing Wojciech Szczesny, it’s definitely something to be impressed by.
The youngster had plenty of positive things to say about the transfer rumours and Vinovo, confirming the large speculation on his move to Juventus.
“Juve? I’d have to fight for my place at any club and having a strong teammate in goal doesn’t worry me. I’ve changed over the last two years, I think in a positive way and feel more balanced. I’m someone with courage, as I needed it to overcome two serious knee injuries in a quick succession.”
The 25-year-old has been sighted by many top clubs but has requested to stay in Italy. Upon Italy’s 1-1 draw with the Netherlands on Monday, Perin had stayed back in Turin after a rather incredible performance.
With Max Allegri set to have both Szczesny and Perin as goalkeepers next season, the decisions will become rather important. Both are incredible talents and will be a success with the black and white next season. Eyes will have the focus on both as Szczesny will overtake Buffon’s spot, but Perin will look to make an impact and follow up his inspiring 2017-18 season in which he returned to top form after making his way back from his second major leg injury.
Similarly to what we saw from Allegri last season, it’s expected that Juventus will find plenty of ways to give Perin ample pitch time to show his class, especially when you consider the Italian champions are competing on three fronts and know a long season requires rotation to ensure proper fitness.