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Where are they now? Andrea Pirlo’s 7 signings as Juventus manager

The legendary Andrea Pirlo had one season behind the wheel at Juventus and, to be completely honest, it didn’t go quite as well as we all hoped it would.

The Old Lady won the Coppa Italia under his stewardship in 2020-21, but a 4th place finish in Serie A didn’t sit well with the fans and the hierachy, and that was that. Era finito as quickly as it started, with life after Massimiliano Allegri proving unsettling.

Juve made seven signings with the great man at the helm, and it was a very mixed bag. Let’s take a look at those signings, and where they are now.

Arthur Melo

Curious footballer, Arthur Melo. The Brazilian signed for Barcelona in the same summer that Andres Iniesta left but, two seasons later, he was on his way.

Arthur signed for Pirlo’s Juve in a weird swap deal that definitely, definitely had nothing to do with balancing books and squeezing through financial loopholes.

Have you read that, lawyers? It definitely didn’t have anything to do with those things.

The midfielder played a total of 13 minutes on loan at Liverpool, last season, and now finds himself on loan at Fiorentina, where he is a regular for La Viola.

 

Weston McKennie

Premier League fans will remember the American’s six-month loan to Leeds in 2023, at the end of which his side were relegated, and he returned to Turin.

It’s been an unexpected change in fortunes for the USMNT midfielder, who was expected to leave the club, but has fought his way back into the fold and is repaying Juve’s faith in him.

McKennie is now back in the team and forming a good understanding with Dusan Vlahovic, despite the side’s poor Serie A form this season. Christian Pulisic of AC Milan.
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Nicolo Rovella

Rovella was signed from Genoa as a future prospect in the defensive midfield role. He made just three appearances for The Old Lady, none of them during Pirlo’s time at the club, and is now on loan at Lazio, who have an obligation to buy him after two seasons.

Bright things may yet lie ahead for the 22-year-old.

Alvaro Morata

Odd footballer, odd career. The man is trapped on a Juventus, Atletico, Chelsea merry-go-round transfer time loop. Goes to sleep in Madrid, wakes up in Turin, walks through a tunnel in Turin and emerges in West London.

Morata was a loan signing when Pirlo was appointed — one of those weird two-year loan signings. He’s back at Atletico now, and doing pretty well, actually. Maybe he’ll be allowed to unpack his bags this time.


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Rolando Mandragora

The Zebre spent over €10million on defensive midfielder Mandragora. He never played a single game for the club. He’s at Fiorentina with Arthur Melo, now, where he is playing.

Juventus appear to enjoy chucking money at players they don’t use like we all enjoy signing up for the gym membership that we’re going to willfully neglect forever.

Federico Chiesa

Freddie Church joined the Bianconeri as a marquee signing back in 2020, after a hugely impressive start to his career at Fiorentina. An ACL injury caused a massive setback for him in 2022, stunting otherwise brilliant progress, and Juve now play a system that doesn’t really suit his natural game.

For now, Chiesa remains in Turin, but with Allegri’s future in doubt, the winger might be due a resurgence. Don’t give up on him yet.

Stefano Gori

The Italian was brought in as a backup goalkeeper and has never played for Juventus. He’s currently on loan at Monza, for whom he also has never played a match.

In fact, his last competitive game was for Perugia, in Serie B, in which he came on as a substitute in a match they lost 5-0 at home to Cagliari in May 2023.

Mamma very much mia.