Juventus continue to pay for the mistakes former sporting director Fabio Paratici made in the transfer market – despite the Italian now being employed by Tottenham.
Paratici preferred to invest in players expiring their contracts by raising their salaries at Juve, but that policy has backfired and the club has suffered a number of flops with high wages.
The failure to buy Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland and the decision to invest millions in Alvaro Morata’s loan have had a huge impact on the Serie A giants.
Spurs supporters hope Paratici won’t make similar mistakes in north London after arriving last summer, although the jury is still working on its first batch of signings.
Here, Sports post looks at Paratici’s market mistakes as Juventus try to get some cash back and get back on track.
Sportsmail looks at Fabio Paratici’s transfer mistakes as Juventus ready to sell players
This was arguably the biggest market trap Paratici fell into. The Polish goalkeeper has always been regarded as a top player and Paratici chose to approve his latest contract extension until 2024 for around £5.5 million a year.
Without the nudge from the former sporting director, Juventus might have had one less problem in the back today and Gianluigi could have bought Donnarumma.
After reaching 30, there is a noticeable and inexplicable drop in Szczesny’s performance and he no longer seems to justify his high salary.
Wojciech Szczesny was rewarded with a new, long-term contract from Paratici at Juventus
Szczesny is no longer the goalkeeping prodigy from his early London years at Arsenal and Turin. Gianluigi Buffon’s absence has further thrust him into the limelight.
A solid performance against Chelsea helped regain some of his self-esteem, but doubts remain about the player’s ability to be decisive for Juventus.
His handling of pressure has become questionable and the club’s biggest fear is that Szczesny will no longer be able to withstand the stress of playing for arguably Italy’s biggest club.
Aaron Ramsey’s adventure with Juventus goes from bad to worse.
He arrived at Arsenal’s Juventus three summers ago on a recommendation from Paratici, but now the Welsh midfielder is experiencing a struggle with the Italian outfit in which he has played very little due to an endless string of muscle injuries.
During the Euros, the midfielder had stated that he needed specific physical preparation to perform at his best, but if three different athletic coaches couldn’t get him to 100 per cent, perhaps the causes lie in the vulnerability of a former top player. player, who has never managed to make four consecutive Serie A appearances for Juventus.
Aaron Ramsey (right) has failed to repay his massive salary after arriving at Juventus in 2019
His salary is one of the highest in the squad, but his playing time is the lowest among field players. Despite the physical problems Ramsey has faced, he was called up by Wales and played and scored with his national team, training regularly.
The former Arsenal midfielder has played more minutes at Wales than Juventus: 447 minutes in six appearances for Wales and just 378 in 11 appearances at Juventus, Opta said.
Ramsey still has a two-year contract with Juventus and earns around £6.4million a year, a figure impossible to afford for another 24 months given his lack of playing time.
Juventus are considering the possibility of signing Alvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid for £30million, but at the moment the club has no plans to buy the Spanish striker directly.
Morata has always been a reference for Paratici, who convinced President Andrea Agnelli to reinvest in the Spanish striker after a poor season at Atletico.
The coming weeks will be decisive in assessing their transfer strategy for future windows, with Massimiliano Allegri pushing to buy Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina.
If that deal goes through, it would close any discussion of the Spanish striker’s takeover.
Juventus discuss whether or not to buy Alvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid for £30million
Financially speaking, Morata’s move from Atletico to Juventus was a lease. The Spaniard returned to Turin for 24 months – after the first 12 Juventus paid £8.5million and this year they paid the second tranche of £8.5million.
However, the final £30million tranche is in danger of being canceled as Morata is perceived as lacking grit and aggression – fundamental qualities to be able to play at Juventus.
As reported by Football & Finance, the contract with Juventus Morata offers a net salary of £4.2million per season, which could go up to £6.4million thanks to bonuses.
Dejan Kulusevski and Weston McKennie
They are also in the dock because their performances this season have been very doubtful in the Italian top flight.
Reports suggest Spurs could be ready to try and buy the two young midfielders, who have experienced very difficult moments in Turin.
Juventus paid Kulusevski around £30million and McKennie around £17million including bonuses, it was alleged in Italy.
Today, both are players who have spent most of their time at Juventus on the bench and have played very little after Allegri’s return last summer.
The feeling is that Juventus have decided to crush all of Paratici’s transfer market operations and the two talented stars have also been put up for sale, in a bid to get around £51million in total.
Juventus midfielder Dejan Kulusevski was signed last year, but is already for sale
Paratici also signed Weston McKennie in 2020, but the midfielder could be out the door
His salary of around £6.4million a year remains a mystery given his poor performance over the past two years and he could be seen as one of the biggest flops in the history of the blue club.
Rabiot was wanted by Paratici, who took him on a free transfer after six months of inactivity at PSG, but his time in Turin was disastrous and the former sporting director is solely responsible for his purchase.
Juventus do not intend to offer a contract extension with an increase and at the moment there is no formal meeting to propose a new deal with the French midfielder, the spokesman said. Tuttosport.
His contractual status could prompt Juventus to wait another 12 months before making an offer, as happened with Paulo Dybala, and seek a deal in early October 2022.
French international Adrien Rabiot has been one of the biggest flops in the history of the Serie A giants
And Haaland has escaped!
Erling Haaland came ‘close’ to Juventus when he was in Molde, the former CEO of the Italian giants Giuseppe Marotta revealed last weekend, when he admitted the club had decided not to pay the asking price of less than £3million.
Paratici previously admitted that he could not bring the young Norwegian to Italy.
In the following years, the Italian club never managed to properly replace Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic and was left without a real number 9.
Today, Haaland is worth around £150 million, a price so high that Juventus will not take a step for him next summer when he is expected to leave Borussia Dortmund.
If Haaland had become a Juventus player, the club would have had one of the best strikers.
It has turned out to be a great opportunity that the Italian club has missed as they try to restore their dominance in Serie A.
Erling Haaland came ‘close’ to Juventus when he was in Molde (pictured in 2018)