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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is reportedly furious at the way his team’s summer transfer window has gone – and Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit.
The Italian giants have a long-standing reputation as one of the major players in the European market. In fact, in 2018 they won the race for Ronaldo after he decided to move on from Real Madrid. However, the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic meant the club faced a different landscape this summer.
Italy Euro 2020 midfielder Manuel Locatelli turned out to be their big acquisition. He has agreed to an initial two-year loan, but Juve will make the deal permanent in 2023.
Meanwhile, Weston McKennie has made his loan transfer from Schalke permanent.
But Ronaldo’s departure has taken most of the spotlight in Turin. The 36-year-old returned to Manchester United on Friday, give Juventus an economic blow to a value of € 14 million. (£ 12 million).
The Serie A club have replaced him with Moise Kean, who is rejoining after a failed spell at Everton.
According to Il Giornale, Allegri feels ‘furious’ over Juve president Andrea Agnelli and sporting director Federico Cherubini.
In addition, he told the couple that “it was not the agreements”. Instead, he wanted a more experienced player – more towards Ronaldo’s level – to replace the Portuguese.
Allegri recently replaced Andrea Pirlo in the Juve excavation, representing his second magic at the club.
However, after guiding the club to five Serie A titles and four Coppa Italia crowns in its first season, they are now in a period of transition.
Inter took the domestic title last season and ended the stranglehold of their rivals. Allegri has still not had the biggest start to the new season. They have only taken one point from their first two league games.
Maguire praises Man Utds Ronaldo
Over at Old Trafford, Ronaldo is looking forward to returning to United after his time at Real Madrid and Juve.
Much has changed since his departure in 2009, not least the Red Devils’ lack of a Premier League title since 2013.
However, the club’s captain Harry Maguire feels confident that Ronaldo can help turn the tide.
The English defender outlined his expectations of the player he believes is the “greatest” to play the game.
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