For the first time in in a decade, Juventus purchases a player from their cross-town rivals Torino, and the player needs to fly in due to where preseason training is place rather than making the short drive across town for his medical exams.
But I have a feeling they were more than pleased to dispatch the private aircraft to Austria to pick up their newest recruit.
The new guy at the heart of Juventus’ defense has returned to Turin. Despite the fact that it is to sign with the black and white side of town rather than wear the granata and play his home games at the newer Stadio Olimpico for another season. On Wednesday morning, Bremer rolled up to the parking lot in front of J Medical, said hello and signed a few autographs for his newest fans before heading inside those beautiful doors to undertake his medical exams before completing his astonishing move to Juventus.
When the deal is finalized, Juventus is expected to pay around €40 million plus add-ons, a significant amount compared to what arch-rival Inter Milan had been willing to spend all along. Furthermore, Bremer will reportedly make €5 million net per season, roughly double the €3 million salary he committed to with the Nerazzurri months ago.
To say this was surprising given where things were at, say, the beginning of the weekend, is certainly an understatement.
Bremer was widely expected to join Inter for several weeks, if not months. All Inter needed was for Milan Skriniar’s rumored move to Paris Saint-Germain to fall through, providing Beppe Marotta and company the funds they needed to conclude the deal with Torino. That, however, never occurred. Skriniar is still an Inter player, and the delay allowed Juventus to step in and boost the bid with its fresh new Matthijs de Ligt cash.
Torino went for it, and now we’re in a situation where big brother is set to officially sign away the reigning Serie A defender of the year, who also happens to be only 25 years old.
So much for that move that most people, including me, thought was just a matter of time until it happened.
Instead, Bremer is here for a medical exam. Turin, Italy. Not for Torino-related reasons, either.
He’s moved from Torino to Juventus, and it’s only a matter of time before he’s boarding a plane with his new teammates, flying over the Atlantic, and taking part in Juve’s US tour. I didn’t anticipate typing that line a few days ago, but I’m not complaining. As much as it hurts to watch Matthijs de Ligt depart Juventus, having Bremer replace him so quickly helps to soften the blow.