When it comes to squad development, Juventus is finally moving correctly. After bringing in Manuel Locatelli, one of Serie A’s best midfielders, and bright youngster Kaio Jorge in the summer, the Bianconeri added two more high-calibre players this winter who can help the club’s future. Dusan Vlahovic has all the makings of a Juve superstar, while Denis Zakaria has the potential to be a game-changer in midfield if he stays fit.
Juventus, on the other hand, is aware that there is still work to be done. Much more effort is required. Juve has defensive flaws, especially at left-back, and they still need that additional creative spark in attack and midfield. Also, cleaning off some deadwood to generate some cash and free up wages so that signings may be made. Let’s take a look at the five Juventus players who are most likely to leave in the summer of 2022:
1) PAULO DYBALA
Let’s start with the most well-known and important of the five: Paulo Dybala. Now that it’s clear he’ll be departing in the summer. Juventus will undoubtedly miss his creative contributions on the field. When healthy, La Joya has been outstanding this season. However, injury worries have cropped up time and time again. The Bianconeri are well aware that some of their recent financial decisions have required them to remain cautious – not just to prevent repeating past mistakes, but also to ensure that they can afford to pay for key building blocks such as Vlahovic and Federico Chiesa.
2) FEDERICO BERNARDESCHI
The contract extension talks with Federico Bernardeschi continue to operate at a standstill. According to several sources, Berna is seeking a salary of 4 million euros per year, with no pay reduction, and Juventus is unwilling to provide more than 2.5 million euros. Many Juventini is baffled as to why the club would even consider the demands of the ex-Fiorentina player. Bernardeschi, after all, has been one of Juve’s most underwhelming players since his arrival in 2017, never quite living up to the €40 million transfer cost. Bernardeschi’s only asset is his flexibility. He can play on either wing, and the left-footer may even play as a support striker or offensive midfielder in the centre. There’s no certainty Bernardeschi will go, but considering his up-and-down performances in Serie A this season and the upcoming contract discussions, many Juventini are willing to wave a lukewarm farewell.
3) ALEX SANDRO
Alex Sandro is the least surprising name on the list. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to describe him as a liability to his team whenever he’s on the field. Despite being a long-time favourite of Max Allegri, despite Max’s faith and protection in the early part of the season, the latter’s comeback failed to rekindle his earlier seasons’ form. His individual errors have lost Juventus a lot of games, notably the games against Porto in the UCL and Inter in the SuperCoppa final. The club’s management is keen on removing his expensive pay (6 million euros per season) to make place for a fresh youthful left-back.
4) ADRIEN RABIOT
Adrien Rabiot has some positive qualities as a ball-carrier and ball-winner, but because he is not elite in either category, his weaknesses do hold Juventus back. In the centre of the park, the seasoned French midfielder stands out as a weak link. In the shape of Weston McKennie, Juventus have already found a replacement for Rabiot. In a wide midfield or number eight role, McKennie can provide similar characteristics as a tackler and ball carrier, and he is also the wiser and more consistent player.
He may be able to assist another club. However, following yet another disappointing season, his days in Turin appear to be numbered. Rabiot’s salaries are not living up to the expectations that he would be an above-average starter for the Bianconeri, and I doubt Juve’s higher management sees him as a player who would progress.
5) ARTHUR MELO
Although Arthur Melo has greater value and potential for Juventus, he has also been a disappointment since joining the club in 2020. In Turin, the Brazilian central midfielder is struggling. The crafty midfielder has never seemed completely at ease in the famed Bianconeri shirt, whether under Andrea Pirlo or Max Allegri. This season, Arthur has only made 16 Serie A appearances, with more of those coming as a substitute than as a starter. Arthur is no longer considered one for the future at the age of 25.
There are a few things that Arthur excels at. He excels at dribbling and carrying the ball under pressure. It appears to be connected to his feet at times, which is unusual to observe. Arthur, on the other hand, struggles in almost every other area. When it comes to timing and understanding the game, he is a poor, hesitant, and ineffective defender. In terms of offence, he acts like a coward, neglecting to take incremental steps. As exquisite as Arthur’s feet are on the ball, everything appears disconnected the moment he needs to pass. Juventus is prepared to wait for the return on their ‘investment.’ In reality, if Juve receives a better offer from another club, they may accept it and spend elsewhere.