Juventus are looking to rebuild their team this summer and could make a number of important sales and purchases in the weeks ahead.
First up, the Bianconeri are set to move on Gonzalo Higuain to Inter Miami as they bid for a 10th successive scudetto and if you want the latest odds on their chances of doing so, you can get more info here.
The Argentine striker has been told that he no longer features in the clubs plans, despite having reported for pre-season training with the rest of the team.
Pipita spent much of the lockdown period in Argentina with his sick mother and was given permission by the clubs management to return late to Turin as a result.
Despite scoring some vital goals during his time with the Bianconeri, including the key ‘title-winner’ against Inter Milan in a 3-2 victory right at the death, Higuain is not in new coach Andrea Pirlo’s plans.
Pirlo confirmed that he spoke to the striker directly and told him the news, praising him for his professionalism:
“He was a great champion, a great player but the cycle is over,” Pirlo said at a press conference.
“We looked each other in the eyes, we talked and we made this decision. I admire him a lot, but we have decided that the paths will separate.”
Higuain has been closely linked with a return to his native Argentina where he was reportedly considering a move to his childhood club, River Plate, however due to his salary demands, a switch looks unlikely.
The next best option looks to be David Beckham’s Inter Miami in the MLS, a newly formed club where Pipita will play alongside former teammate Blaise Matuidi who recently completed the switch to the USA, having agreed with Juventus to terminate his contract by mutual consent.
The 32-year-old striker was signed from Napoli in a then record €90 million deal that shocked the Italian football world, making him the record signing in Serie A history.
In a three year spell in Turin, Pipita managed to score 66 goals in 148 appearances, including scoring 32 goals in all competitions in his debut season.
He also won three Serie A titles in a row and two Italian cups while leading Juve to the Champions League final in Cardiff in 2016/17.
His new deal in MLS is expected to make him the highest earner in the league, netting around $7 million a year for the length of his Inter contract.