Sunday August 9 2020
Pirlo's Juventus target Tonali

With Andrea Pirlo as the new coach, the Juventus transfer strategy shifts from Jorginho to battling Inter for Brescia talent Sandro Tonali.

Pirlo was the surprise appointment to replace fired Maurizio Sarri on Saturday, under 24 hours after their Champions League elimination to Lyon, with director Fabio Paratici confirming the decision had been made regardless of their European result.

This inevitably transforms the transfer strategy for the Bianconeri, which means negotiations with Chelsea for Jorginho are abandoned.

Instead, Sportitalia, the Gazzetta dello Sport and Tuttosport maintain their focus is now entirely on Tonali, who has of course been called the ‘new Pirlo’ ever since he first appeared in the Brescia squad.

Inter have the upper hand and have been in advanced negotiations for months, but still haven’t finalised the deal with Brescia, who want €40m.

Now Juve can step in and play the Pirlo card in convincing the 20-year-old to accept a different destination.

The alternative, according to Tuttosport, is Manuel Locatelli of Sassuolo, who again has long been linked with a Juventus move.

Arthur Melo and Dejan Kulusevski have already been snapped up, and both would fit Pirlo’s 4-3-3 vision, but Arkadiusz Milik is no longer necessarily the priority from Napoli.

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