Juventus have an option to re-sign Udinese midfielder Rolando Mandragora, but the player’s agent has confirmed they’re ‘flattered’ after being linked with a summer move to Napoli.
The Italy international ended a two and a half year spell with Juventus in 2018, opting to join Udinese in a €20m deal where he’s gone on to make 63 appearances across all competitions, establishing himself as one of Serie A’s most promising midfielders.
Mandragora is expected to make a big move sooner rather than later, and although Juventus could re-sign him for €26m, the player’s agent says the Italian is ‘flattered’ with recent rumours linking him with a move to Napoli.
“I think there are going to be a lot of interesting opportunities for Mandragora in the next transfer window,” agent Luca De Simone told Radio Kiss Kiss (via Football Italia).
“It’s true that the player went to Udinese for two years with an option to buy that Juventus have at €26m. Obviously, this is only an option and not an obligation. We are not aware of any Napoli interest, but we would certainly be flattered if that were the case.”
Mandragora, who was born in Napoli but spent the majority of his youth career with Genoa, could prove to be a bargain for Juventus if they exercise their buy-back option, although the Serie A champions would need to cut down their squad before making any new additions.
Napoli could be forced to spend slightly over the odds, with CIES Football Observatory valuing Mandragora at €30m, but the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic could have a knock-on effect on his value too.
Mandragora is under contract at Udinese until 2023, so while the Friulani don’t have any pressure to sell on that side of things, they’re among a group of top-flight clubs across Europe who are struggling the most during the coronavirus pandemic.