Juventus is edging closer to appointing a new sporting director, and negotiations have commenced with Galatasaray for the potential transfer of former Roma player Nicolo Zaniolo. Recent reports from SportItalia and La Gazzetta dello Sport indicate significant developments in this deal. Let’s delve into the details.
Juventus-Galatasaray Meeting and Transfer Talks
On Tuesday, representatives from Juventus and Galatasaray engaged in discussions regarding Nicolo Zaniolo’s potential move to Turin.
Nicolo Zaniolo has long been associated with Juventus, making him a familiar name among Bianconeri fans. Although no specific transfer fee has been disclosed following the meeting, Juventus is reportedly keen on reducing the cost to secure Zaniolo’s services. Interestingly, Juventus has proposed including midfielder Weston McKennie in the deal.
McKennie, who recently returned from a loan spell at Leeds, could be part of Juventus’ efforts to negotiate a favorable deal.
During the talks, Galatasaray expressed interest in Juventus striker Moise Kean as a potential replacement for Mauro Icardi, whose loan spell in Turkey is nearing its end. However, Juventus has shown no intention of letting Kean leave during the summer transfer window.
Nicolo Zaniolo’s contract includes a release clause of approximately €35 million. However, it is believed that a lower fee might be negotiated if he were to return to Serie A this summer or in the future. Fiorentina has also shown interest in acquiring Zaniolo and engaged in talks with Galatasaray. However, Fiorentina’s bid was ultimately rejected.
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Financial Considerations and Nicolo Zaniolo’s Preference
Given Juventus’ current financial situation and their desire to trim their squad, proposing Weston McKennie as part of the deal makes strategic sense. Additionally, it is highly likely that Zaniolo would prefer a move back to Italy, considering that Galatasaray was his primary option outside of lower-tier Premier League clubs during the previous winter transfer window.
Nicolo Zaniolo enjoyed an impressive second half of the season in Turkey, scoring five goals in ten games in the Super Lig.
Juventus’ pursuit of Nicolo Zaniolo has progressed significantly, with talks held between Juventus and Galatasaray. The inclusion of Weston McKennie in the deal and interest from other clubs showcase the intrigue surrounding Zaniolo’s potential transfer. As negotiations continue, fans eagerly await further developments in this exciting transfer saga.