Chiesa Blunder

It is well documented the bad blood between Juventus and Fiorentina and after Federico Bernardeschi’s switch from Florence to Turin in the summer of 2017, the champions further stoked the flames at the end of the previous transfer window. Federico Chiesa, the crown jewel in the Viola ranks, had long been admired by the Bianconeri, and indeed, Milan, Inter, Roma, Napoli and a host of the biggest clubs on the continent, but he elected to join the Scudetto holders.

In public, the 22-year-old never postured for a move or spoke out, but privately, it was suggested by Daniele Prade and President Rocco Commisso that the Genoa native was pushing for the move. The sporting director said the winger only used Fiorentina as a stepping stone and have been battling to keep the Italy star ever since the conclusion of the 2018-19 campaign.

Mistakes have been made, and Prade acknowledged Chiesa should not have been made captain in what turned out to be his last appearance for the Viola in the 2-1 defeat against Sampdoria. The decision to hand the wide-man the armband angered the ultras and Chiesa was branded a traitor by his old supporters while undergoing a medical for Juve.

For Commisso, there was much disappointment at losing his biggest asset. The billionaire is assembling a fine squad and there are few sides in the division that can boast a midfield of similar quality. Jack Bonaventura has regained his place in the national set-up, while Gaetano Castrovilli is admired by all the top institutions in the country. The silky playmaker and his compatriot tend to link up with Sofyan Amrabat who flourished at Verona, while Erick Pulgar, Alfred Duncan and Borja Valero are all in reserve. Franck Ribery, Jose Callejon and Christian Kouame complete the forward line, but it was Chiesa who was the difference maker.

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