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Juventus Locks in New Goalkeeper, Sets Sights on Midfield Sensation Next

Turin, Italy. 27th May, 2024. Turin, Italy: Michele Di Gregorio of AC Monza Raffaele Palladino Head Coach of AC Monza during Serie A 2023/24 match between Juventus FC and AC Monza at Allianz Stadium on May 25, 2024 in Turin, Italy - ph Giuliano Marchisciano during Juventus FC vs AC Monza, Italian soccer Serie A match in Turin, Italy, May 25 2024 (Credit Image: © Giuliano Marchisciano/IPA via Credit: Zuma Press/Alamy Live News
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Juventus has made a significant move by signing Michele Di Gregorio as their new goalkeeper, ensuring a strong defensive lineup for the future. This signing marks a strategic shift for the club, with Di Gregorio joining from AC Monza on a deal that includes a €4.5 million loan fee, a €13.5 million obligation to buy, and €2 million in add-ons.

  • Michele Di Gregorio signs with Juventus until June 2029.
  • Wojciech Szczesny is no longer part of Juventus’ future plans.
  • Juventus targets Khéphren Thuram for midfield reinforcement.

Michele Di Gregorio Joins Juventus

Juventus has officially confirmed the signing of Michele Di Gregorio as their new goalkeeper, solidifying their defense for the foreseeable future. Di Gregorio, previously with AC Monza, joins Juventus on a deal that includes a €4.5 million loan fee, a €13.5 million obligation to buy, and €2 million in add-ons. The 26-year-old Italian, born in Milano, stands at 1.87 meters and has shown promising performance statistics in his career thus far.

With a market value of €18 million as of June 2024, Di Gregorio is seen as a valuable addition to the Juventus squad. His contract with Juventus runs until June 2025, while his contract with Monza extends until June 2028.

Wojciech Szczesny’s Departure

The arrival of Di Gregorio signals a significant shift in Juventus’ goalkeeping strategy, with Wojciech Szczesny being phased out of the club’s future plans. Szczesny, who has been a reliable presence between the posts for Juventus, now finds himself out of the project. The Polish goalkeeper, born in Warszawa, has an impressive career record, but it seems Juventus is ready to move on.

  • Career Statistics:
    • Serie A: 272 appearances, 103 clean sheets
    • Premier League: 132 appearances, 48 clean sheets
    • UEFA Champions League: 68 appearances, 24 clean sheets
    • Poland National Team: 84 caps

Szczesny’s market value stands at €6 million as of June 2024. His contract with Juventus is set to expire in June 2025, following his last contract extension in June 2023.

Juventus’ Next Target: Khéphren Thuram

As Juventus looks to bolster their midfield, their next target is Khéphren Thuram. The 23-year-old central midfielder from OGC Nice is seen as a key addition to the squad. Thuram, who has experience in Ligue 1, National 2, and the UEFA Youth League, brings a blend of youth and talent to the table.

  • Career Statistics:
    • Ligue 1: 141 appearances, 8 goals
    • National 2: 14 appearances
    • UEFA Youth League: 10 appearances, 1 goal
    • France National Team: 1 cap
    • France U23: 2 caps
    • France U21: 18 caps, 2 goals

Thuram’s market value is estimated at €35 million as of June 2024, making him one of the top prospects for Juventus.

As Juventus continues to reshape its squad, the addition of Di Gregorio and the potential signing of Thuram indicate a strategic focus on strengthening key areas. Fans will be eagerly watching how these moves play out in the upcoming season.

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