Juventus reportedly turned down the opportunity to sign Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes over the summer. Meanwhile, the Bianconeri still have one chance of capturing Liverpool star Emre Can this winter.
Italian outlet Rai Sport (h/t Calciomercato.com) reported Barcelona offered Gomes to Juve during the summer months, but the Italian side declined due to the emergence of Rodrigo Bentancur as a potential first-team player.
The article stated Juve also decided the Portugal international's wages were too rich for their blood, leaving the former Valencia playmaker to persevere after a disappointing first season at the Camp Nou.
Gomes joined the Blaugrana in the summer of 2016 and made 47 total appearances in his debut campaign, although he isn't blind to the struggles he endured and recently opened up on his experiences:
B/R Football @brfootball
It’s not been easy for Andre Gomes at Barcelona https://t.co/EE0GVHKKyS2017-9-26 08:46:04
Then there's the "explosion" made by Bentancur into the first-team ranks of Juventus, leading the Serie A champions to believe the former Boca Juniors starlet would satiate their need for a new face in central midfield.
Granted, Gomes may boast more experience than 20-year-old Bentancur, who is far from perfect, as Bleacher Report's Adam Digby noted recently, but Barca's man also would have made for a far more expensive recruit:
Adam Digby @Adz77
Lots of positive comments on Bentancur in #JuveOLY which is good, he did well BUT have to also add the caveat that he was poor early on 1/22017-9-28 07:20:31
There's more hope for the Bianconeri in their pursuit of Liverpool general Can, who could be available for a winter investment if the Reds manage to get their hands on Naby Keita ahead of time.
That's according to Calciomercato.com, which reported Can could move to Turin in January if Keita—who has already agreed to join Liverpool next summer, when his release clause can be activated—also moves in the winter.
Can's Liverpool contract expires at the end of the season, but any club can look to secure a pre-contract with the Germany international when he enters the last six months of his deal without talking to his club first.
As things stand, it doesn't look as though Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be able to count on both players being among his squad next season, although Fox Sports presenter Daniel Garb recently relished the thought:
Daniel Garb @DanielGarb
@pat_bugge92 Why we need Keita. He's not a true holder, better as an 8. Would prefer Can in holding role and he can play ahead but his passing is class.2017-9-13 22:23:08
In any case, Andy Kelly of the Liverpool Echo recently reported RB Leipzig are unlikely to agree an early sale for Keita, whom Liverpool have agreed to sign for the £48 million value of his release clause plus a premium, next summer.
It's suggested not even an early UEFA Champions League exit and the offer of another premium payment will tempt Leipzig to budge in that regard, meaning Juventus will likely have to wait before making a move on Can.