Juventus communicated their UEFA list yesterday and since there is only one club-trained player in the roster this year, somebody had to be excluded and the choices fell on Mario Mandzukic, who is the third choice as centre-forward, and Emre Can who, despite playing a good chunk of the Napoli game, must have fallen behind all the other midfielders in the projected depth chart. Joining them are long-term injured players Mattia Perin, Marko Pjaca and Giorgio Chiellini.
Can did not take it well and spoke to Bild from the Germany camp: “It is extremely shocking, the phone call where they told me lasted for only a minute and I was not given any explanation. I am agry and disappointed. I will draw my conclusions and will talk with the club when I will be back in Turin. I was promised something different last week, PSG were after me but I had decided to stay at Juventus with the condition that I would have played in Champions League. I would have left if I had known in advance.” He then retracted on Twitter: “I will always be grateful to Juventus Turin and how they supported and stood by me since I am part of the club, particularly during my time of illness. Out of respect to Juventus and my team mates, whose success has always been my first priority, I won’t say anything more and will continue fighting on the pitch.”
The captain underwent knee surgery yesterday in Innsbruck: the operation was conducted by professor Christian Fink and the initial timetable for his return is six months.
The popular website Transfermarkt estimated that the value of the roster increased by €119M after the summer movements and is not at €864M, by far the highest mark in Serie A. Napoli come in second at €625M, followed by Inter (€536M) and Milan (€511M).
The management did not make any first-team move on deadline day, but they finalized the roster of the U23 squad. The main addition is North Korean striker Han Kwang-Soon, who was acquired from Cagliari for €5M: he was pursed in 2017 when he had an explosive start in Perugia, but the officials could not reach an agreement back then. He has not exactly lit it up in the following seasons, as he did not score in seven appearances with the Rossoblù and then found the target four times in 19 games back in Perugia in the past campaign, but he is only 20 and has great potential. The officials also signed the muscular 23-year-old midfield Ransford Selasi from Pescara, who is coming off a season in Serie C at Fano.
The second team said goodbye to Hans Nicolussi Caviglia, who is arguably the best prospect at the club, who was loaned to Perugia and will measure himself up with better competition in one of top Serie B sides, 19-year-old central midfielder Leandro Fernandes, who joined Fortuna Sittard for a temporary stint, while 22-year-old left back Claudio Zappa move to Malta club Sliema Wanderers with the same formula. 21-year-old attacking midfielder Grigoris Kastanos and 23-year-old left back Edoardo Masciangelo instead transferred to Pescara on loan. All in all, the amount of players that went from Serie C to top foreign leagues is pretty remarkable. The team started the season with two losses against quality opponents like Novara and Siena.
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