Countdown for the Fideo. Of Maria reflects, the Juve awaits. We are in the middle of the weekend which could probably prove decisive in discovering the Argentine champion’s decision on the future. The solution of the case seems to be around the corner but it is still good to keep the door open even for a further extension of the times, given how the story has unfolded in the last few weeks, taking on more and more the contours of the soap opera. Now we should be close to the epilogue: within today at the Continassa they are waiting to know the choice of Angel, who arrived yesterday in Ibiza from Rosario. A definitive answerin short, which can clarify, in one sense or another, the scenario.
The hourglass runs and Juve is waiting, then. And he does so with growing confidence compared to a few days ago after the overtaking scored by Barcelona. The entrance of the Catalan club on the scene was impetuous, with the phone call from the coach Xavi to the player who was fascinated by the prospect of playing at the Camp Nou and attracted by the project. To this was added the clear preference of Di Maria’s family, eager to return to Spain. Barça thus put the arrow and jumped to pole position. Juve, however, continued to insist and did not let go, taking advantage of the impasse of the moment in the Blaugrana home. The Barcelona, struggling with serious economic problems and with the obligation to fall within the parameters imposed by the Spanish Liga in order to be able to operate on the market in terms of purchases, he was unable to accelerate as he would have liked. So Juve took a step towards Di Maria and modified the offer, offering him a contract tailored to his needs: annual agreement, with salary of 7 million, plus option for a second season. Angel’s will to return home at the end of the next championship (he will close his career at Rosario Central, his favorite team) so it would not be affected, also leaving room for a second Italian season, and also from the point of view of salary. arrived at the altitude that represented the starting point requested by the player. The Barcelona option remained the one preferred by Di Maria and his family, with the Benfica alternative in the background not to be excluded from the reasoning. The further arguments brought to the negotiating table by the Juventus management, however, did not leave Angel indifferent. Willing, yes, to wait for Barcelona until the company situation improves but with guarantees. Juve, on the other hand, showed that they wanted the player immediately, without delay, and for this reason they tried to fulfill the requests of the Argentine champion. An element that could make a difference. We are “inside or outside”, in short. At Continassa there is the conviction of having done everything possible to convince Di Maria and to meet his wishes regarding the duration of the agreement and the salary. Now the ball goes to Fideo: Juve, Barça or Benfica?
The Kostic slope
While waiting to discover the truth, the Continassa continues to work on alternatives. The main runway leads, at the moment, to Filip Kostic. The Serbian has so far rejected all the proposals to renew the contract expiring in 2023 presented to him by theEintracht Frankfurt. The reason is clear: wait for Juve to accelerate. The starting point, in fact, is there: the player’s entourage and the Juventus club have already reached a principle of agreement for a three-year agreement in 2.5 million per season. It is logical that, with Di Maria’s situation in stand-by, Kostic opts to wait for Juve. Eintracht, however, does not fall below the request of 20 million but the expiration of the contract in a year facilitates the bianconeri’s task in hunting for a discount, up to 10-15 million.
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