Juventus have stopped being that team that didn’t spend much money to sign players, but the Old Lady changed that last year, when they made a huge move for Cristiano Ronaldo, ending his nine-year tenure with Real Madrid.
The Italian giants are reportedly lining up a move for Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, as per the Daily Mail, and are ready to battle Real Madrid for this signing. Despite counting with the great talent of Cristiano, Juve are looking to the future as they plan to keep adding top-class players to their roster.
Mbappe has been great with Les Parisiens since he made it from Monaco. He had a terrific 2018 year, winning the World Cup with the France national team, playing a big role in that triumph. He has been drawing more and more attention over the last 18 months or so, and next year a host of teams will try to lure him away from Paris.
That’s why Juventus have identified Mbappe as the ‘next Ronaldo’, one guy who can score goals and win games with only one play, and have identified the 20-year old as their top priority to replace CR7 as he prepares to enter the final years of his successful career.
Speaking at an annual meeting, Juve chairman Paolo Aicardi broke down the club’s three-year plan reunited the new generation of superstars as they look to compete for their first Champions League title since 1996.
“Ronaldo was the endpoint of a plan that started eight years ago when [Mirko] Vucinic was our star signing,” Aicardi said.
“From him to Cristiano there were various steps: Tevez, Khedira… these signings show that Juventus are bringing in the biggest names in football.
“When Cristiano, the number one, arrived, it was made clear that now any player can choose Juventus ahead of Real Madrid, Manchester United or Barca.
“Today everything is possible and the signing of [Matthijs] De Ligt is proof of that. Our next idea is to sign the new Cristiano Ronaldo, but a younger version.”
This is indeed an ambitious move for the Zebras and Mbappe will surely bring a lot of great things to them, but this won’t come cheap. PSG have placed a 260 million Euro price tag on his head to fend off any potential suitors, and having Real Madrid as direct rivals for this signing won’t make anything easier.