An exclusive has been claimed in Italy that three Serie A clubs have an interest in Daryl Janmaat but that one of them has stolen a march with talks already ongoing.
CalcioMercatoWeb say that their information is that Giuseppe Morotta of Juventus, who holds the titles of Director General and Sports Department CEO, has met Janmaat’s agents on a number of occasions and talks are at an advanced stage.
Napoli and Inter Milan are also credited with interest but with Juventus already crowned champions for six years in a row before the end of the Serie A season, it would appear the obvious pick of the three if there is a genuine will to follow up the initial interest.
Daryl Janmaat turns 27 ahead of next season and is one player who looks set to leave Newcastle United once the summer transfer window opens.
The Italian media report says that Juventus believe they can land the Dutch international for no more than 10m euros (which is around £7m) and the same kind of ballpark figure Newcastle paid Feyenoord for the right-back.
Even if survival had been achieved, it was looking inevitable that Daryl Janmaat would leave St James Park.
Arguably Newcastle player of the season last year when he was clearly United’s best defender (against limited competition…) and most creative player (nobody had more than Janmaat’s six league assists in 2014/15), Janmaat has struggled for form this time and then the unprofessional punching of the wall episode at Southampton appeared to be the final straw – helping to rule him out of crucial relegation run-in matches.
However, in reality it was probably national team manager Danny Blind who sealed a summer transfer, when he revealed Janmaat was gutted at having to drop out of the Holland squad because he was hoping to put himself in the ‘shop window’ ahead of Newcastle’s likely relegation and the summer transfer window.