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Pirlo’s Wish List – January Transfer Window

Torino, January 15th, 2021 – Ahh, the winter transfer window. The rumours, the drama. Marking the half-way point of the season, it is an important time for many clubs to evaluate where they stand thus far into the campaign. Whether that be to evaluate their manager's competency to see through the remainder of the season, or to shop the market for squad reinforcements – now is the time to act accordingly.

Typically, the ‘headline snatching’ deals are closed over the summer window; however, the January transfer window is no stranger to some surprise signings. In just last season’s winter window, Juventus conducted swift business to secure the signature of Dejan Kulusevski from Atalanta – who at the time was on a loan spell in Parma, where he spent the rest of the season. While the Italian giants were active then, there is much reason to believe that this year will begin much slower.

As the COVID-19 pandemic surges on, many of Europe’s teams are bleeding financially. Given the many implications of the pandemic, such as empty stadiums, this makes the purchase of a player rather difficult. Aside from a small group of top clubs, it seems unlikely that there will be any business to sweep fans off their feet.

That being said, the club and its supporters should have faith in our sporting director – Fabio Paratici. While Fabio undoubtedly has his critics (i.e.: the Cancelo/Danilo swap, which, might I add, has unfolded beautifully!), I find that he’s been quite consistent in seeking out young potential. Our sporting director is taking action, and rightly so - as the Old Lady has one of the oldest (average) rosters in the country.

This transfer window, Pirlo may not get everything on his wish list – but I do believe a missing piece can be found to fill what is currently a vacant spot in Juve's puzzle. Many fans have been moaning and wailing for the Bianconeri to pen a target striker to fill in as a fourth option, yet the rotation up front between Dybala, Morata, and Kulusevski has been working. A target man would definitely not hurt, however as previously noted, I have the feeling that money is running thin – so the club will have to prioritize.

It is needless to say that this Juventus side needs an imposing midfielder. One of which who looks for that forward pass, can evade the press of the opposition, and is always looking to get his team firing. Many of our midfielders have noticeably stepped up their performances from that of last season, but that spark still seems to be non-existent.

If some truth can be found within the unpredictability of transfer rumours, it seems the Bianconeri have their sights on our missing piece. Nineteen-year-old Nicolò Rovella of Genoa has been a name popping up quite often as of late. Although not having many years to his name, Rovella rose to the occasion in his recent meeting with Juventus, showing confidence in his role and in turn, taking full control of his side’s midfield. Whether it be shouting instructions in the direction of his teammates, releasing a counter attack, or unlocking Juve’s defence with just once pass – Nicolò most definitely looks the part. He has a great sense of the game, and seemed to determine the pace of the match during certain moments – an aspect of the match that Juventus have been slammed for due to their inability to do so.

To see a youthful, promising Italian talent being considered by one of Italy’s best is always encouraging. If Rovella is acquired (for a fair asking price, of course), I could see him quickly winning the hearts of our fans. All in all, Juventus always finds a way to do what needs to be done - no matter the players on the pitch.