Missed Vlahovic Sale Jammed Juventus Summer Window

Juventus experienced a quiet summer in terms of purchases, and the main reason for their inactivity was the fact that they didn’t sell Dusan Vlahovic. The offers were deemed insufficient, so the Serb stayed put.

Per Corriere dello Sport (via Calciomercato), the Bianconeri, which spent €80M to sign the Marksman from Fiorentina, believed they’d be able to vend him for €120/140M 18 months later. However, a sports hernia, underwhelming numbers, and a so-so tactical fit didn’t lead to the expected growth.

Vlahovic received limited interest last summer. The most concrete destination was Chelsea in a much-discussed swap with Romelu Lukaku. In the end, it didn’t materialize for several reasons. The Old Lady wanted more money in the package. Plus, the center-forward and the Blues both had reservations.

The Bianconeri would have taken advantage of that opportunity to sign a striker that could have been more functional to Massimiliano Allegri’s schemes. The 23-year-old hit the net in each of the first two rounds. He missed a penalty kick in the most recent one versus Empoli.

Our Take on Juventus and Vlahovic

The strategy was a residue of the Andrea Agnelli, Fabio Paratici, and Federico Cherubini era. Though, they have been less schizophrenic under Cristiano Giuntoli. While the turn of events wasn’t healthy for their finances, it’s easily going to be serendipitous technically.

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