In case anyone was wondering, yes, Juventus are still chasing Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi. There hasn’t been much movement on the situation in the past week or two, so the story has taken a back seat to the Borja Valero to Inter Milan saga. Mercato expert Alfredo Pedullà, however, believes that the coming week will be decisive in whether or not Fede up and goes to Turin.
Pantaleo Corvino has requested €40 million in cash from the Juvenuts, but Beppo Marotta is only offering €30 million, which may or may not include Tomás Rincón or Roberto Gagliardini on loan. Not surprisingly, the Viola DS has balked at a price well below his valuation of the team’s most expensive asset.
Marotta is currently in Germany finalizing a deal for Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa, after which he’s expected to turn his full attention to Berna, with Pedullà claiming that the sides expect to reach a deal within the next seven days, at which point, now flush with cash, the Viola mercato will really begin.
And, before anyone asks, all of this does indeed mean that Juan Cuadrado is on the market. The Colombian winger apparently hasn’t impressed the Old Lady’s brain trust enough to secure his future in Turin, and despite his pleas to stay, has been put on the market. Lest you feel some excitement at a potential reunion, though, know that Marotta has set the price at €35 million, which simply isn’t going to happen.