Daniele Rugani’s agent confirmed that a Juventus exit for his client is possible amid the growing competition for places in the defence.
Rugani, who is a product of Juventus’ youth system, has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the line-up since graduating, with only 19 starts to his name in all competitions last season.
But the 24-year-old will likely find opportunities even harder to come by next season following the €75m arrival of Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt and Merih Demiral’s €18m transfer from Sassuolo this summer.
Reports have since linked Rugani with moves to Serie A rivals AS Roma and AC Milan. Although it remains to be seen whether Juventus plan on allowing the defender to leave considering he only signed a new four-year contract in March.
One thing that could work in Rugani’s favour, though, is the fact he’s already worked under new Bianconeri boss Maurizio Sarri.
The Italy international played under Sarri 81 times during a loan stint at Empoli between 2013 and 2015. Furthermore, it’s clear the coach rates him as he tried to sign Rugani for Chelsea last summer.
“I don’t know what Juve have in mind, but they will certainly make their evaluations with many players, all of them at a high level,” Rugani’s agent, Davide Torchia, told Tuttomercatoweb.
“With the balance needed in the squad and also economically, it is possible Juventus will try to sell someone. When you go to Juventus, you are aware that there’s competition for places.
“He knows what Maurizio Sarri wants, having worked with him at Empoli, but on the other hand, a player like Daniele must have the desire to push for more.
“Obviously, the signals from the club have to be precise – there are five defenders now and if a player only has one game per year in the Coppa Italia, he has to consider his options.
“If they continue to believe in the player and the coach knows that too, then he’ll continue the growth process. I think that is the objective of the club, too.”
On rejecting Chelsea, Torchia added: “Last season the decision to say no to Chelsea was not just the club, but ours too.
“We were happy to stay and Juve were happy to keep us.
“Now, he has a contract until June 2023 and the renewal certainly sent a signal. There are many talented players in his role now, we’ll see what happens.
“It’s only natural that there are other clubs interested in Rugani.”
Rugani has made a total of 87 appearances for Juventus across all competitions.