In the wake of a significant setback caused by Alex Sandro’s injury, Juventus has found an unexpected rising star in the form of Federico Gatti, reports La Stampa.
Gatti is poised to make a definitive leap into the Bianconeri’s starting lineup, having already shown his worth in the team since March last year, and now, with the chance to cement his position for the foreseeable future.
The obstacle for the player with whom he had been in a continuous battle for a spot, especially at the beginning of this season, is that Alex Sandro may be sidelined until November.
This news was confirmed after recent medical examinations at J Medical revealed a medium-grade hamstring injury in his right thigh. Further assessments in fifteen days will provide a clearer timeline for Sandro’s recovery, but it is expected to take approximately a month and a half.
This setback opens up opportunities for Gatti, who is set to form a central defensive trio alongside Bremer and Danilo in the coming weeks. Daniele Rugani emerges as the primary alternative, while Dean Huijsen, despite facing challenges in Serie C with the Next Gen, remains a viable option for the team.
Gatti is expected to benefit from increased playing time, allowing him to further hone his skills and boost his confidence. His growth trajectory appears to be on an exponential path, with the possibility of even earning a spot in the national team.
In recent weeks, discussions have also revolved around renewing Gatti’s contract. His dedication and loyalty in rebuffing offers from the Premier League, particularly Everton, have not gone unnoticed.
It is anticipated that his contract will be extended from 2026 to 2028, accompanied by a significant salary increase, potentially reaching up to 1.5 million net per year.
As Juventus navigates this challenging period without Alex Sandro, Federico Gatti’s emergence as a reliable defensive option brings optimism to the team and supporters alike.