This guy would have been a safe bet for €26m, right age and quality to play as a rotational player for us. I can understand if we are going to take up that option even after his ACL injury but it comes with significant risk and puts a good portion of the budget on a player who we won't see until at least January, and who will probably need a full season to really make any impact.
As it is Udinese I expect us to do this business with them, probably for De Paul as well. I can see us sending Nicolussi or someone else there with a similar buyback option.
We had already 'signed' him, I doubt we can go back on that because of the injury. Very unfortunate situation for every party involved.
IIRC they had said 6 months out, so around December, which means january to start to pop up. Second half of the season absolutely to see him back in a match.
He would be our only actual DM, also useful in the center of a back 3 as well. Would be an useful player for rotations but who knows how difficult will be for him to recover form after this injury. He could be simply loaned out as soon as he recovers so he can play more and continue his career.
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Always followed him at every level since he was so present for club and (youth) country.
He captained the U21 team of Lorenzo Pellegrini, Chiesa, Zaniolo, Kean, Barella, Locatelli, Meret, etc. He generally had the more mature head.
I was going to say fraud accounting given that Juve recognized profit and revenue on his "sale". But atleast the transfer fee brings some doubt to the fraud point-of-view. €10m for Mandragora is okay I guess.