Juventus center back Daniele Rugani seems to have vaulted himself into prime rumor mill position over the past few days and weeks, but while there is a lot going for the 23-year-old as far as a potential Chelsea move is concerned, his agent has made it pretty clear that no such thing will be considered until a certain critical piece is actually in place. Yes, the agent was referring to Maurizio Sarri.
Talking to SportItalia, Davide Torchia said it was “obvious” the Sarri situation must be resolved before any negotiations may move forward.
“It is obvious to say that the Sarri question must be resolved first, then proceed with the negotiations and make them more or less concrete.”
-Davide Torchia; source: SportItalia via TuttoJuve
So even if Chelsea are pursuing this deal and even if Juventus were to accept Chelsea’s latest bid of €40m, the player himself needs confirmation of the head coach. In Rugani’s case that’s even more understandable then most since Sarri was his coach at Empoli and that possible reunion is one of the motivating forces behind this supposed pursuit.
Fortunately, the Sarri situation looks to be in the final stretch, the final countdown, so perhaps there is hope of transfer market action in the second half of the 2018 summer transfer window.