Juventus Mildly Tested Waters for Goalkeeping Change

Wojciech Szczesny has come under scrutiny for the disastrous showing against Sassuolo, but Massimiliano Allegri quickly came to his defense. Despite some buzz, he wasn’t particularly close to departing last summer. He and the management have started talks to extend his contract till 2026, diluting his wages.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Juventus timidly attempted to switch things up between the posts in the summer. PSG inquired about Dusan Vlahovic in the early going. The Bianconeri asked for Gianluigi Donnarumma in return.

On the other hand, the negotiation quickly ended because of the Bianconeri’s high valuation of their own striker. That was the case also for the prospective swap with Romelu Lukaku with Chelsea. The Old Lady wanted some compensation on top of the goalie. The Ligue 1 outfit disagreed. They didn’t aggressively seeked to part ways with Szczesny afterward.

In addition, Donnarumma makes about €12M per season including bonuses. Juventus wouldn’t have confirmed his salary. The negotiation on personal terms, provided the former Milan star accepted the move, would have been challenging.

Our Take on Szczesny

He’s not new to slow starts. He had a pair of big blunders last season too but then turned out to be one of their top contributors. Still, it’d be better to devise a succession plan with a touted youngster that would see the light way before 2026.

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