The two Italian giants could do business with each other when the transfer window reopens this summer
Juventus and AC Milan are considering a trade between Federico Bernardeschi and Alessio Romagnoli, Goal can confirm.
The two players are approaching the last year of their respective contracts and extension talks have so far not progressed.
Juve and Milan have already started preparations for the 2021-22 season and could put together a mutually beneficial deal that would see the two players heading in opposite directions.
Bernardeschi’s situation at Juve
Bernardeschi has been a regular in Juve’s starting XI since joining club Fiorentina for € 40million (£ 34million / $ 38million) in 2017, making more than 140 appearances for the club in all competitions.
Thirty-six of those outings have come this quarter, but he hasn’t been deployed too often in his favorite No.10 role, with Andrea Pirlo using him as both a fullback and a winger on several occasions.
Goal can confirm that the 27-year-old is ready to embark on a new challenge in an unfamiliar environment to jumpstart his career, having seen his market value drop below € 30m (£ 26m / £ 36m dollars).
Milan’s position on Romagnoli
Romagnoli had been a vital cog in Stefano Pioli’s side before this season, but he has fallen down the pecking order since Fikayo Tomori arrived at San Siro on loan from Chelsea in January.
The 26-year-old center-back is still the official captain of the Milan club, but the Italian giants are ready to sanction his departure in order to bolster their ranks in other areas of the pitch as they prioritize the permanent signing by Tomori.
A swap deal may be the best option for the Rossoneri due to the 30% sell clause included in the € 25million (£ 22million / $ 30million) deal that brought it about to join the club from Roma in 2015.
Could the transfer take place?
Goal has learned that officials from Juve and Milan are planning to sit down to discuss the viability of a potential trade, with Mino Raiola set to be involved in the negotiations as the two players’ main legal representative.
One of Juve’s main goals for the summer is to secure a long-term replacement for Giorgio Chiellini, who will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of June.
Romagnoli matches his profile as a left-footed defender with many years at the top level ahead of him, and Milan could also become a stronger team with the addition of Bernardeschi.
A lack of depth in the attacking zones ultimately prevented Pioli’s side from maintaining their Serie A title challenge, with Inter currently eight points ahead of them at the top with one game underway.
Bernardeschi has the experience and quality to add a new dimension to Milan’s formation, and the opportunity to return to his natural No.10 position could see him return to his best form.