Juventus On the Brink of Completing First Summer Signing

Following an atypically quiet last summer, Juventus will return to be one of the protagonists of the upcoming transfer window. After receiving a boost in their pursuit of in-demand Bologna defender Riccardo Calafiori, the Turin giants are on the verge of completing their first post-Massimiliano Allegri signing.

Juventus sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli is about to close out negotiations with Monza over Michele Di Gregorio’s switch to the Allianz Stadium. According to Calciomercato, the Bianconeri will fork out around €20 million to get the deal over the line, with the highly-rated goalkeeper expected to sign a long-term contract. 

Di Gregorio’s imminent arrival probably spells the end of Wojciech Szczesny’s seven-year stint at Juventus. The Polish stopper’s hefty wages will probably result in his summer sale. The record-time Serie A champions are keen to cut expenses to increase their spending power in the coming months.

Szczesny has been a loyal servant to Juventus since swapping Arsenal for Turin in 2016. However, at 34, his playing career is drawing to a close. Di Gregorio, on the other hand, is at his peak powers. The 26-year-old has enjoyed another superb league campaign at Monza, registering 14 clean sheets in 33 appearances. 

While Szczesny could soon leave Juventus, second-choice keeper Mattia Perin should stay and play understudy to Di Gregorio. The Italian’s transfer will affect Inter’s bank accounts as the new Serie A champions will collect 10% of the fee due to a sell-on clause. 

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