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Juventus to offer €20m and Mario Lemina for Corentin Tolisso

March 9, 2017 - 9:35 am

Juventus are stepping up their efforts to secure Lyon’s Corentin Tolisso by offering €20m and Mario Lemina for the French midfielder.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus have been tracking Tolisso for over a year and a half and made a failed bid to sign him in the last transfer window.

A previous approach from Napoli for the 22-year-old midfielder which came to nothing, and Juve are keen to secure their target in advance of the summer to avoid a bidding war.

Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas has stick firm to his €40m price tag for Tolisso, however he seemed to indicate that the player may still leave the club, declaring: “There will be very significant sales by 30th June. For Tolisso, we had received an offer very important in January, but in the end it came to nothing. But now the situation has changed. “

The important offer he refers to is believed to have come from Juve, who turned to Tomas Rincon when their offer was rejected.

Juve are now reportedly returning with an improved offer which would be closer to the €30m mark, comprised of a €20m cash payment and the transfer of Mario Lemina, valued at a little over €10m.

There are expected to be more contacts between the two clubs in the coming weeks, however sources close to the club say that Juve will not allow another midfielder to escape them following previous disappointments in the market involving players like Axel Witsel.

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    BelgianJuventino March 9, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Fine for me, but I hope Juve will be prepared to face a “no” for Lemina and offer cash instead. You can but try to include him, it should not be obligatory for the deal to go through.

    In any case, some midfielders will have to leave in order for Tolisso to arrive, we don’t need a dozen CM’s

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    Jas March 9, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I don’t think marseille will be interested in anything but cash this year. They sit in 7th place 15 points back from the last champions league spot, missing out on champions league will ensue large budget deficits. We could probably get him for $35 plus some bonus incentives, but I doubt they will take a player plus cash deal. Management will probably end up selling sturaro or lemina, this should raise close to $15million in cash. There is no need for a lemina, sturaro, rincon and tolisso as they all play the same position. I’d get rid of lemina and test the market on sturaro, if anyone offers 20$ million for him I’d take it.

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      BelgianJuventino March 9, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      You mean Lyon 😛

      I actually wonder why we bought Rincon at all.

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        VonKellef March 9, 2017 at 10:15 pm

        El General? Besides his awesome nickname and beard I think it was for the sole purpose of getting some muscles and grinta into that midfield, as we clearly, at the time of his arrival lacked a functioning midfield.

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          BelgianJuventino March 10, 2017 at 4:53 pm

          Yes, that is what I also assumed, yet how much has he played so far? I cant even remember seeing him in a Juve jersey anymore.

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            VonKellef March 12, 2017 at 1:04 pm

            I think, if I am not misstaken that he has made some last minutes cameos, started one or two games. Overall not that many minutes.

            I was wrong according to
            He has made one appearance from start and 7 as a substitution.

            157 minutes played total, 1 assist and a 90,9% passing rate.

            I for one would love to see more of El General, the thing is just at whose expense and at what cost?

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            BelgianJuventino March 12, 2017 at 5:06 pm

            I think that is the exact same question Allegri faces. I do think Rincon is a capable player, I just dont see him take any startpunt position. Or a position as often used substitute.

            I cant help but think his move was rather unfortunate, both for him and Juve

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      thegutterpoet March 9, 2017 at 11:36 pm

      Mandragora is a deep lying playmaker. Sturaro more a box to box hustle merchant. Rincon a holding midfielder. Lemina solely useful as an attacking midfielder…all different kind of players, by my eye.

      Lemina isn’t good enough to get in the Lyon first team, so no reason for them to seek his services. I like Tolisso. Would be great to see him come in, 30-40m seems a lot, but average by today’s standards. He is young, plenty of potential and consistently impressive in europe and frog land.