Whilst the transfer window in Serie A is firmly shut and the 2023/24 season is underway, Juventus remain busy behind the scenes as they work on a number of contract renewals for important first-team players.
As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Old Lady are keen to tie down a host of star names to new deals for differing reasons, with some players set to be offered a reduction in wages whilst others are in line for a new deal to protect their valuation.
After being hit with a one-year ban from European competition by UEFA due to breaches of club licensing and Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, Juventus are looking to reduce costs and bring the wage bill down.
In addition to this, there is a fear that high-value players may move on as free agents or at a cut-price fee as they near the end of their contract, so the club are keen to mitigate the risk with a focus on negotiations over the coming months.
Poland international Szczesny extended his contract at the Allianz Stadium over the summer, with his deal due to run until 2025. However, Juventus are now considering offering the former AS Roma goalkeeper an extension, with a view to spreading the total €12 million wages over an additional year.
Szczesny has the full backing of coach Massimiliano Allegri and is keen to see out his deal in Turin, having turned down the riches of Saudi Arabia to commit his future to the club.
Having secured him for the next two years at the minimum, the club are now keen to reopen talks and reduce the immediate cost of his wages.
Federico Gatti & Daniele Rugani
Defender Gatti enjoyed a breakout season with Juventus last term and could be in line for a more lucrative contract as a reward for his efforts. Indeed, the Bianconeri are ready to consider him a key player at the club and feel that he can be a central figure in a new cycle at the Allianz Stadium.
Gatti‘s existing deal runs until 2027 but Juventus are ready to open talks over a new contract that would see the 25-year-old handed a wage rise, whilst the costs would be spread wider by extending the deal by a further year.
Unlike Gatti, fellow centre-back Rugani has slipped down the pecking order at Juventus and has entered the final year of his contract, but Allegri is ready to keep his faith in the former Empoli man as a backup to Bremer.
Rugani will be offered a new deal that would keep him at the club beyond next summer, whilst bringing his €3.4m salary down to €1.5m, in line with Mattia Perin and Mattia De Sciglio.
Despite seemingly heading for the exit over the summer as his previous deal expired, France international Rabiot was convinced by the project at Juventus under Allegri and penned a one-year extension.
Now, the Old Lady are looking to convince the midfielder to commit his future to the club in the longer term and sign a new contract that would run for at least another season, if not two.
The former Paris Saint-Germain player has taken on more responsibility at the Bianconeri and is considered one of the team’s leaders, and this may well sway him to decide to remain in Turin.
Federico Chiesa & Samuel Iling-Junior
Back from a long-term injury and in amongst the goals already this season, forward Chiesa is a key part of Juventus‘ plans and with his deal due to expire in 2025, his renewal has become the priority.
The Italy star is looking for a wage rise at a time when Juventus are desperately trying to reduce outgoing costs, and there is a fear that negotiations could reach an impasse.
However, the Bianconeri may seek a compromise by offering Chiesa a short extension, most likely of one year, at his current wages in order to buy time to discuss more suitable terms at a later date.
Fellow winger Iling-Junior is in a similar position, with the Englishman’s deal set to end in less than two years. Juventus may seek to tie him down to an extension in order to maximise his resale value, despite interest from the Premier League not amounting to an offer.
Juventus value him at €20m and feel that a longer contract would strengthen their hand should any English clubs come in for him in future transfer windows.
Dusan Vlahovic & Moise Kean
Serbian striker Vlahovic still has just under three years remaining on the contract he signed after joining from Fiorentina in January 2021, but Juventus are already planning on changing that arrangement.
With a need to tackle the wage bill, the Bianconeri are ready to propose a new deal to Vlahovic that would reduce his salary whilst extending the length of the agreement by a further season.
The 23-year-old has already shown his commitment to Juventus over the past year and is thought to be open to assisting the club by agreeing a lower wage.
Meanwhile, fellow striker Moise Kean may also take a wage cut to remain at the Bianconeri, having come through the academy and being viewed as one of the better of the home-grown players at the club.
The Italy international’s deal is due to expire in 2025, but Juventus are hoping to extend this by a further two years.