Multiple sources all state a deal has been done for €67m plus various bonuses taking the total to €75m, the same asking price that was presented to Arsenal, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Vlahovic’s entourage are already in Turin and are set to have the crunch meeting tomorrow morning, although some details are already being worked out tonight.
A basic deal for a contract to June 2026 worth €7m per season net is in place.
Considering Juve’s financial issues, how can they afford to pay €75m for a striker in the January transfer window?
La Gazzetta dello Sport calculates that between salary and transfer fee, Vlahovic will cost €125m.
It’s remarkable considering Juventus ran at a deficit of €210m in the 2020-21 season, compared to €90m in 2019-20.
This report outlines the various finances and concludes that Juve consider this a necessary investment to avoid a far bigger loss, which would be failing to qualify for the Champions League.
That place in the tournament and reaching the Round of 16 is worth €80m per season and cannot be missed out on.
It could also be a similar deal to the one Juve struck with Fiorentina for Federico Chiesa and Sassuolo for Manuel Locatelli, spreading the cost out over multiple instalments and years.
The recent Capital increase of circa €400m will help repay early loans to banks and should provide eventually around €80-85m for transfer spending.
However, they will have to cut corners elsewhere, offering reduced salaries to various players who are currently negotiating new contracts.
This raises further questions around Paulo Dybala and the confirmation from the player himself that talks for his new deal were postponed until February.
It now becomes clear Juve wanted to see if the Vlahovic swoop came off and how many of their unwanted players they were able to get rid of before deciding how much Dybala could reasonably earn.
It’s not entirely out of the question to suggest scrapping Dybala’s €10m per season planned salary would be a sacrifice to pay for 22-year-old Vlahovic.
— La Gazzetta dello Sport (@Gazzetta_it) January 25, 2022