Juventus were reportedly on the market looking to add a right back to their squad following Dani Alves’ surprising departure to PSG this summer. And the reigning Serie A champions wasted no time to acquire one of the most promising, up-and-coming fullbacks in Europe for a relatively small fee.
According to a report from ESPN, Juventus have sealed a move to sign Mattia De Sciglio from Serie A rivals AC Milan on a €12 million transfer fee. It seems like a small price for one of the best right backs in the league, but De Sciglio did not have space in Milan anymore.
The presence of Ignazio Abate and the arrivals of Ricardo Rodriguez and Andrea Conti were going to relegate De Sciglio to a minor role in Vincenzo Montella’s new-looking Milan. De Sciglio left Milan’s preseason tour of China to fly back to Italy, where he underwent a medical, and has signed a five-year deal.
So it made sense for the player to leave, considering he can easily challenge Stephan Lichtsteiner for the starting right back role. He can also act as Alex Sandro’s backup on the left, so his versatility will certainly be useful for Massimiliano Allegri. We have to remember Allegri handed De Sciglio his professional debut back in 2012, so the reunion will certainly make both parties happy.
Di Sciglio went on to make 110 Serie A appearances with Milan throughout his career, and has also featured 31 times for Italy, where he was first choice under Antonio Conte at Euro 2016.