If this transfer is anywhere as successful as Juventus’ capture of Roberto Baggio from Fiorentina, the Old Lady’s run of scudetti could reach double digits.
Juventus announced the $46 million purchase of Federico Bernadeschi from La Viola on Monday, snaring the U-21 star at the same age they purchased Baggio in 1990.
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Bernadeschi, 23, broke out for 11 Serie A goals last season for Fiorentina, adding two in the UEFA Europa League. He scored his first senior goal for Italy earlier this summer in a World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein.
It’s another big add for Juve, which has Douglas Costa on loan from Bayern Munich and made Mehdi Benatia’s loan a permanent buy.
It’s another big blow for Fiorentina, which sold Borja Valero and Josip Ilicic this summer, but it could be a boon for American forward Joshua Perez. The 19-year-old made his debut for Fiorentina in November 2016 against Inter Milan.