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Juventus out of Serie A if Super League Materialises

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina insists that Juventus will be excluded from Serie A if the Super League materialises. The Bianconeri’s president Andrea Agnelli is one of the architects of the breakaway competition that was announced by 12 European clubs one year ago but collapsed within 48 hours.

Nine of those 12 clubs have announced their withdrawal from the competition. Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona are still formally involved in the project and Agnelli said earlier this month that the contract signed with the organisers of the competition is still valid for 11 of those 12 clubs.

“That contract is just a hypothesis, but Juventus would be excluded from Serie A if it becomes a reality,” Gravina told La Repubblica newspaper.

“The Super League is the wrong answer to a real problem. Italy must think about how to make the league more attractive for expanding markets like the Arab one, where at the moment they don’t get enough.”

Inter and Milan were the only Serie A clubs involved in the competition and the Nerazzurri are the only club that formally left the project thanks to a clause included in their contract with the Super League organisers.

Italian football is facing a thought moment as there are no Serie A clubs in the Champions League quarter-finals, while the Azzurri must go through the World Cup play-offs to qualify for Qatar 2022. Nevertheless, Gravina has full confidence in Roberto Mancini.

“He lost one game out of the last 40. He signed a new contract before the Euros without knowing we’d win it,” he said.

“Serie A is not against me, only two or three people are. There is resistance from some of the old protagonists of football who have not done the good of the movement and today can not be a governmental reference”.

Lorenzo Casini, the new Lega Serie A president, highlighted the divisiveness of the European Super League project and his former support for Juventus.

Casini was voted to become the new Serie A president earlier this month, following the resignation of former incumbent Paolo Dal Pino. He is a lawyer and professor with years of experience at the Collegio di Garanzia dello Sport and various other institutions. The hope is that Casini can help the reunite the league a little following a difficult few years.

Speaking to Corriere dello Sport today, Casini first gave his thoughts on the European Super League project.

“The Super League has been seen as a divisive issue, when it deserves the involvement of all clubs.

“From a purely personal point of view, I see the reasons that led to imagine it, in Italy and other countries, but a reform of this type cannot be designed without carefully evaluating all the effects on the entire system.”

The new Lega Serie A president then touched on the pros and cons of a closed-league system.

“From my experience in the United States, closed leagues have pros and cons. It is not by chance that the NBA adopts corrective measures such as the draw, the exchange of players and other compensation mechanisms.

“However, we need to talk about it as part of an overall reform process, otherwise it’s a rush forward that only risks dividing people.”

Finally, Casini discussed if he was a big Juventus fan following rumours.

“I was until March 11, 2022. Now I’m a fan of Serie A.”

Juventus are one of the three clubs who are still reportedly pushing for a European Super League project to move ahead, alongside Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Juventus could try re-ignite an old flame and sign Domenico Berardi

Domenico Berardi was technically a Juventus player. He never actually played for Juventus, but he was one of the lasting memories of the final days of co-ownership of contacts in Italy, with Juve buying half of his contract as a teenager only to sell him outright back to Sassuolo when it became clear he didn’t want to make the big jump to the black and white side of Turin just yet.

That was in 2015. Now nearly a decade later and Juventus very much with an attacking group that is in some sort of transition following the news earlier this week that Paulo Dybala will be leaving at season’s end, there could reportedly be a rekindling of an old flame this summer.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, you can go ahead and add Berardi’s name to the list of players Juventus will try and target this summer as a result of Dybala’s departure. Part of the reason, as you might have imagined or figured out over the last two days, is that Juve very much look to be shifting to a base 4-3-3 system, which would mean a need for wingers once again. And with Federico Chiesa expected back in the late summer or early fall — basically, at some point early in the 2022-23 season — Juventus could very well try to add another one of Roberto Mancini’s top wingers to the fold.

The rap on Berardi for years now is that he’s been perfectly happy to be the biggest fish in Sassuolo’s relatively small pond. And while he’s clearly talented enough to play for any of Italy’s biggest clubs, the fact that he’s remained at Sassuolo for so long has given plenty pause when wondering if he would ever make the big jump in terms of finding a new club and providing himself the biggest challenge in his career outside of what he does whenever he put the Italian national team jersey on.

There’s also this fact to remember: Berardi is still just 27.

I know, I know. It’s hard to believe considering Juventus first bought him on a co-ownership deal with Sassuolo in 2013 when he was a 19-year-old starlet, but it’s true. Berardi won’t be 28 until the just before the 2022-23 Serie A campaign gets underway.

But Juventus at least taking some sort of shot to try and sign Berardi makes sense. There’s the obvious working relationship with Sassuolo that continues to be something that both front offices speak highly of whenever possible. And you get the sense that if Berardi is to make the jump to a bigger club, this summer might be it knowing that he’s been linked with a move away from the Mapei Stadium both last summer and in January.

The price to try and pry Berardi away from Sassuolo is rumored to be around €30 million, something that could end up being a sticking point knowing how his current club stick to their guns when it comes to transfer price tags.

But when it comes to domestic options, there might not be many other options better than Berardi.