As we’ve all guessed by now, Juventus’ transfer dealings this summer will revolve on replacing offensive players who are out of contract or whose loan arrangement expires with a purchase clause that is not exercised. That means there are at least two spaces on the roster to fill, with the possibility of a few more opening up sooner rather than later.
Juve seems to be working on filling one of those positions already.
The reports about Juventus’ interest in soon-to-be out-of-contract PSG winger Angél Di Maria aren’t dying down. According to Fabrizio Romano, Di Maria wants to play “at least one more season” in Europe, with the option of doing so at Turin. According to Romano, talks between Juventus and Di Maria “are developing,” while PSG continues to give him the quiet treatment on his future in Paris beyond this season.
Juventus are progressing in talks with Angél Di Maria. Short term contract discussed as Paris Saint-Germain have not activated the option to extend his contract for one more season. 🇦🇷 #Juventus— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 18, 2022
Di Maria wants at least one more season in Europe before returning to Argentina.
Earlier this week, Goal Italia’s Romeo Agresti stated that Juventus had prepared a one-year deal with a second-season option for €7 million.
The intriguing aspect about the Di Maria reports is that they represent a sharp contradiction to everything we’ve heard about what Juve want to do this summer — notably, becoming younger and not having a team with older players being paid such exorbitant contracts. When you consider what Juventus is said to be offering Di Maria and Paul Pogba, it’s clear that Maurizio Arrivabene and Federico Cherubini are moving away from the “get young, get less costly” approach we expected them to follow this summer.
Right, at least in part?
There’s no disputing Di Maria has talent, even if he’s not at the same level he was when he originally came in Paris in the same summer that Juventus recruited a certain young Argentine called Paulo Dybala, who would go on to become Di Maria’s national team partner. Di Maria recorded the most assists of any Paris Saint-Germain player not named Lionel Messi or Kylian Mbappé this season, tallying six assists and four goals in 25 league games (18 starts) for the French champions.
We don’t know where he fits on Juventus’ depth chart, and we may not know until the remainder of the summer transfer season concludes. Is he going to step in for someone like Federico Bernardeschi? Is he going to be depended on as a creative source in the same way that Juan Cuadrado has been in recent years? Could he be a bridge player between the 2022-23 season and future business a summer or two down the road? Right now, everything is… uncertain.