Juventus Step Up Efforts to Purchase Empoli Goalkeeper

Juventus are seriously interested in acquiring Empoli goalie Guglielmo Vicario. They could already make a move in January and then let him finish the season in Tuscany. The Bianconeri assessed a few alternatives but are zeroing in on him.

As per La Gazzetta dello Sport, his price tag is affordable, around €15/20M. The Azzurri paid €8.5M to buy him out from Cagliari. At 26-year-old, he’d have the right maturity for the job, as he was a late bloomer. The two sides have a tight relationship, as evidenced by the loan spell of prospect Koni De Winter.

Juventus envision Vicario as the right heir to Wojciech Szczesny. The current starter is 32, and his contract expires in 2024. The prospective newcomer would earn significantly less in terms of salary.

In the Bianconeri’s plans, the Empoli shot-stopper could spend a year as the understudy or directly take over if the former Gunner transferred next summer. They need to fend off the competition from Roma and Tottenham, who are also keen, so they are acting early. They had some contacts for Atalanta’s Marco Carnesecchi and Georgi Mamardashvili, but those names have less momentum.

Our Take on Juventus Going After Vicario

The goalie is ready to man the sticks of a big team. He’s not a spring chicken, and he doesn’t need time as a backup to do it. Selling Szczesny would probably fetch a decent buck, and the gulf in their respective salaries ensures the profitability of the swap. On the other hand, upside-wise, the more exciting option is Carnesecchi. His timetable would better fit the club’s initial idea, but it depends on how much Atalanta want to sell him.

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