April 22, 2024

No Southampton fan will have missed the news that Carlos Alcaraz has been loaned to Juventus until the end of the season, with a €49.5 million option to buy.

That second section raised the most eyebrows, since it seems improbable that the Serie A side would ever pay that much to their Championship opponents, and that remains the case.

This is what Gazzetta dello Sport said on Thursday, analyzing the Southampton loanee’s condition while the youngster is now out injured.

The setback means he’ll have even less time to persuade Juventus to pay for him, even if he was on the right track before the injury.

What could work in the Italian club’s favor is how Southampton performs in the Championship, as failure to return to the Premier League could benefit the Turin citizens.

 

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Juventus are ‘developing the notion’ of asking the St Mary’s side ‘for another loan’, as they are aware that Alcaraz himself is ‘unlikely to return’ to play in the second tier.

That is, of course, ‘barring a huge offer’ from another club, which may lead to a second temporary stint.

If all of this happens, Juventus ‘would be the first choice’ for the player himself, as he arrived in Italy ‘with the intention of staying’.

While this scenario remains a ‘far idea’ for the time being, depending on Southampton’s performance, it may become a ‘concrete reality in June’, which would satisfy both Juventus and the 21-year-old.

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