Despite Italy’s recent failure to qualify for back-to-back World Cups, Bianconeri’s leadership is planning a summer revamp with numerous Azzurri players.
Roberto Mancini’s European champions were knocked out of Qatar 2022 in spectacular fashion on Thursday night, as a stoppage-time, Alexsandar Trajkovski’s goal from distance propelled North Macedonia to a 1-0 win in their playoff semi-final. For the Azzurri, it was a disgrace on par with setbacks to North Korea and Sweden in 1966 and 2017, respectively. Juventus starlet Federico Chiesa’s absence proved expensive, as Giorgio Chiellini, who came on as a late replacement, was the sole Bianconeri representation in Thursday night’s misery.
As a result of the setback, the thought of reshuffling the Juve group with multiple national team players is unlikely to please the Bianconeri faithful. Domenico Berardi, for example, has been criticised for his involvement in the defeat – wasting a golden opportunity in the first half – and many fans can’t face the prospect of the Sassuolo player replacing Paulo Dybala next season. Berardi, along with colleague Giacomo Raspadori and AS Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo, is widely regarded as the frontrunner in Serie A to succeed La Joya in Turin.
Juve, on the other hand, has various areas they want to improve before the 2022/23 season, and Tuttosport reports that Alex Sandro and Arthur Melo are two players who might be released. Emerson Palmieri and Jorginho are rumoured to be potential replacements. Juve’s interest in regista Jorginho is well-documented, but despite all of Arthur’s individual honours last year, I’m not persuaded the Chelsea midfielder is a significant upgrade above Arthur. He’s a terrible athlete who has struggled for the Blues recently.
Furthermore, Juventus is still interested in signing Sassuolo midfielder Davide Frattesi. Frattesi was not engaged in Thursday’s drama, but he is a foregone conclusion that he will be a member of the Azzurri squad in the future. The Nicolo Barella regen is having a fantastic season at Mapei and has been courted by the finest in Serie A. This summer, Juve, Inter, and Roma are all vying for the 22-year-old’s signing.