Luca Pellegrini is officially a Juventus player. The Italian left-back has become the Bianconeri's second signing of the summer following his arrival from Roma, joining Aaron Ramsey, who left Arsenal on a free transfer at the end of last season.
He Has Only Made 16 Serie A Appearances
Pellegrini has even less experience. Last season was his first campaign in the Italian top-flight, and he was limited to just 16 games. Only four of those came for Roma, who decided to send him out on loan to Cagliari in January.
Pellegrini impressed in Sardinia, making a positive impact in his 12 games for the bottom side. Clearly, he did enough to catch the eye of Juventus
It is unlikely that Pellegrini will go straight into the Juventus side next year, as he is still developing as a player at this stage. However, the fee that Juventus have paid suggests that they see the Italian full-back as a long-term option who will get his turn to prove himself in time.
Managed by Super-Agent Mino Raiola
If you asked football fans to name one superstar agent, the most common answer is likely to be Mino Raiola.
Controversy usually follows Raiola, who is not afraid to make headline-grabbing statements on behalf of the players he represents. Yet it is clear that he does not mess around with mediocre talent - he attracts some of the best players in the world to work with him.
The fact that Pellegrini has Raiola as his agent indicates how highly thought of Pellegrini is.
He Has Battled Back From Two Serious Knee Injuries
Roma is a club that has been very unlucky with knee injuries in recent seasons, and Pellegrini has had his fair share of issues himself.
On the final day of the club's pre-season training camp in 2017, Pellegrini ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
To his credit, Pellegrini recovered quickly from the setback, returning to training in late 2017. Yet disaster struck again as he stepped up his rehabilitation. He fractured his right kneecap in December of that year, signaling a further spell on the sidelines.
Given his injury history, some may be cautious to spend big on Pellegrini. Not Juventus
Was Considered Roma's Next Hometown Hero
Francesco Totti was adored by the fans for more than two decades, whilst Daniele De Rossi bid an emotional farewell at the end of last season. Both were seen by the fans to have been rushed out of the club, as the two iconic players appeared to want to stay but were deemed to be surplus to requirements.
Indeed, Totti resigned as a director in June, clearly unhappy at the direction that the club was heading.
Roma supporters will have hoped that Pellegrini, who was also born in Rome, could go on and become the next hometown hero. Instead, Juventus have swept in and bought the young talent before he could make any sort of impression at Roma. This could prove to be a very shrewd move from the Bianconeri in the years to come.
Could Be Italy's Next Great Left-Back
Pellegrini has represented his country from Under-16 level through to the Under-21s, making 36 appearances across those age groups.
The next logical step is the senior team. Left-back is not a strong area for Italy at the moment, with neither Emerson from Chelsea
Indeed, Pellegrini may find himself battling
Pellegrini has plenty of international youth football experience behind him and is expected to get a chance to shine for Roberto Mancini's side before too long.