This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
In recent years, no one has done free transfers quite like the Old Lady.
Over the last decade, the list of players that have joined Juventus on a Bosman is quite remarkable. Fabio Cannavaro, Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Lucio, Fernando Llorente, Kingsley Coman, [takes deep breath] Sami Khedira, Dani Alves, Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot all came to Turin on a free, to name a few…
However impressive it may be for Juventus to cut out the transfer fee for so many big players, it is important to remember that – in many cases – these players will be able to demand astronomical wage fees due to competition from other clubs, as well as a much larger signing on fee compared to usual, and a bigger agent fee.
Therefore it is important to remember that even though a player such as Sami Khedira came through without a penny paid to Real Madrid, the central midfielder is still costing the club a reported £9,598,000-per-year, according to Capology, and that hasn’t even considered bonuses, signing on fees or agent fees.
Based on this logic, the signing of Emre Can – despite being on a free – may not actually be such a profitable one. Can has barely been a revelation since joining Juventus.
According to Capology, Can earns £7.99m-per-year, which is a large amount for a player who hasn’t even made the Champions League squad for the Italian giants.
While he was a fairly regular performer last year, starting 20 matches, he has been a peripheral figure this year. From Juve’s 10 games, he has started just the one, implying that there isn’t much of a future for the 25-year-old.
The German is contracted until 2022, meaning that the Old Lady still have a lot to pay for the midfielder considering that he isn’t playing regularly.
Quite simply, Juventus have far too many senior central midfield players to give each player regularly football. Considering that the club allegedly have issues with Financial Fair Play – with Calciomercarto (via Sports Mole) suggesting that they need to raise £264.87m – it suggests that their recruitment team may have not been the wisest with the signings they have made alongside such recent big signings as Cristiano Ronaldo and Matthijs de Ligt.
Clearly, Juventus currently have a heavily stocked midfield. Within their current squad, they have Miralem Pjanic, Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot, Rodrigo Bentancur, Blaise Matuidi and Sami Khedira who all are all central midfielders, yet only three can fit into Sarri’s 4-3-3 or 4-3-1-2.
It was reported by Corriere dello Sport (via CalcioMercato) that Manchester City had a bid snubbed for Bentancur in the summer just gone, suggesting he’s a figure the club see a future for, while the likes of Rabiot and Ramsey were obviously only signed this season. Matuidi and Khedira, meanwhile, have both featured heavily this season. Indeed, the most recent reports from Tuttosport (via Sports Mole) even suggest Juventus are willing to let Can leave in January.
So, in conclusion, while the Turin giants obviously have a wonderful record when it comes to luring free agents to the club, the problems with Can could have been avoided.
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