Juventus have announced on Friday the acquisition of Mattia Perin from Genoa for a €12M fee and €3M bonus. The player has signed a four-year contract. Wojciech Szczesny has already been pegged as the starter after Gianluigi Buffon’s farewell, but Perin accepted the destination anyway and took on the challenge.
Despite having a younger no.1 compared to previous seasons, where Buffon rarely played three games in seven days, the Bianconeri brass expressed the desire to continue having a strong back-up and Perin certainly fits the profile, even though it remains to be seen how many minutes he will get to play. In the past two seasons, Norberto Neto and Szczesny tolled 11 and 17 appearances respectively, but that was with a nearly 40-year-old goalie in front of them.
Perin was linked to Napoli as well, which are still looking for a starter after Pepe Reina’s departure, but ultimately joined Juventus, who moved more swiftly. He is also in the running to be the Azzurri’s no.1, as Roberto Mancini admitted that he is evaluating all three candidates, with Gianluigi Donnarumma and Salvatore Sirigu being the other two.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper has spent the last five seasons at Genoa, featuring in 151 total matches. He showed impressive athleticism and great command of the defence. He looked ready for the jump after a couple of years, but untimely injuries delayed the move: he underwent shoulder surgery to repair a torn tendon in June 2015, while he ruptured both ACLs in April 2016 and January 2017. He had no issue in 2017/2018.
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