Juventus have Maurizio Sarri to thank for their recent goalkeeping arrival, with Mattia Perin being turned down by Napoli before signing for the current Serie A champions this summer.
The Partenopei had been linked with a move for the former Genoa goalkeeper and with Pepe Reina departing it looked to be a move that made sense to all parties – at least all except their ex-coach Sarri, who had hesitations about his ability on the ball.
“Napoli had approached us for Perin, but Sarri wanted a goalkeeper who was better with his feet and I didn’t expect the coach to leave,” said Genoa director Giorgio Perinetti when speaking to Radio CRC.
“Juventus were determined in the negotiations and he was very happy to go to Turin.”
Perin arrives at Juventus where he will battle with Wojciech Szczesny to become the Old Lady’s No.1 following the departure of club legend Gianluigi Buffon.
The 25-year-old has already accumulated an impressive 177 appearances in Serie A across his spells with the Grifone and Pescara and has also represented Italy on a couple of occasions having debuted in 2014.