Barcelona to rekindle interest in €40m-rated Juventus misfit Federico Bernardeschi

    Barcelona have reportedly reignited their interest in the out-of-favor Juventus attacking midfielder Federico Bernardeschi, according to the latest reports in Europe

    Barcelona hold a long-standing interest in Bernardeschi as they tried to snap him up in the January transfer window, only to see their €10million-plus-Ivan Rakitic bid turned down by Juventus.

    But, the Catalans giants have not abandoned their admiration for the 26-year-old and are in, in fact, poised to launch a new assault when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

    The left-footed Italian has found himself low in Maurizio Sarri’s pecking order, failing to register a single Serie A start since the calendar flipped and could well be counting his last days in Turin.

    Bernardeschi arrived from Fiorentina in €40million-deal three years ago as one of the hottest young prospects in Europe but has genuinely failed to develop his potential at Juventus.

    Now, the Daily Mail has echoed reports in Italy, claiming Barcelona will look to offer the Italy international an escape route from the Allianz Stadium and possibly give him a chance to start over with a clean slate.

    The reigning La Liga champions are desperate to improve their firepower ahead of the new season, especially following Antoine Griezmann failed to settle at the Camp Nou.

    Indeed, a lack of on-field understanding between the Frenchman and Leo Messi could see the former head through the exit door in the summer, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United emerging as possible destinations.

    Technically gifted and tactically intelligent, Bernardeschi ticks many of the boxes for a type of player Quique Setien is looking to recruit in the summer.

    His smart movements off the ball, impeccable passing abilities, and darting runs behind the opposition backlines make Bernardeschi a perfect fit for the Blaugrana needs. 

    But, Barcelona will face competition from AC Milan, who also showed ambition to sign the Juve misfit during the winter, although their like-for-like swap offer involving Lucas Paqueta fell on the Bianconeri deaf ears.

    The Rossoneri are, however, not going to give up on their pursuit of ex-Fiorentina man and will make a new approach at the end of the season.


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