Rolando Mandragora to Juventus: Latest Transfer Details and Reaction

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2016

L'AQUILA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 17: Rolando Mandragora of Italy U21 in action during the 2017 UEFA European U21 Championships Qualifier between Italy U21 and Lithuania U21 at Stadio Teofilo Patini on November 17, 2015 in Castel di Sangro near L'Aquila, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Juventus have confirmed the signing of Rolando Mandragora from Genoa for an initial fee of €6 million (£4.5 million) on a five-year contract.

The news was confirmed on the club’s official website on Tuesday, with the Bianconeri noting the young midfielder will join Pescara on loan for the remainder of the campaign. It’s also revealed the Italian champions will pay the fee for the 18-year-old over the course of the next three years, plus another €6 million should Mandragora reach certain targets.

Here's a look at the attributes that have fans excited about this teenage midfielder:

Mandragora has all the qualities you’d expect of an Italy youth international. Blessed with a fine touch, varied passing range and excellent technical ability, he’s capable of dictating the course of a contest. 

Mandragora could find himself playing alongside Pogba soon.
Mandragora could find himself playing alongside Pogba soon.Tano Pecoraro/Associated Press

In terms of his defensive work, it’s evident from the above clips that the teenager already has a football maturity. Mandragora can anticipate danger, nip in to intercept passes and, when the situation demands, time sliding tackles too.

For Juve, it’s yet another talented young player through the door. They already have the likes of Paulo Dybala, Stefano Sturaro, Daniele Rugani and Mario Lemina to call upon, and while we’re not likely to see Mandragora in the first team for a while yet, his acquisition is another indication that there’s a bright future ahead for the Bianconeri.