Italian giants Juventus chose to sign Federico Chiesa over Houssem Aouar in the recently closed summer transfer window, according to reports.
Both Chiesa and Aouar were Old Lady's transfer targets in the summer, and according to Sky Sports Italia pundit Di Marzio, the defending Serie A champions had both in their grasps but could only sign either of them.
Juventus eventually signed Chiesa on the deadline day, on an initial two-year-long loan deal with an option to purchase him permanently for €40m. Meanwhile, Aouar, who had attracted interest from Premier League side Arsenal and French giants PSG apart from Juve, remained at Lyon.
Speaking on it, Di Marzio told JB Live [via Football Italia],"Fabio Paratici is one of those directors who is always working on several fronts at the same time. Up until a few hours before the deadline, Juve had Aouar in their grasp, but could only sign one between him and Chiesa. They chose Chiesa, perhaps because Andrea Pirlo needed a wide forward more at this moment. There’s nothing to say Juve won’t try again for Aouar in January.”
According to reports, the Bianconeri will be reviving their interest in Aouar and are said to be working on a strategy to sign him in 2021.