SoccerAnchor’s Dewa Nugrah takes a look at Kwadwo Asamoah's new adventure from Udinese to another Bianconeri, Juventus.
FROM: UDINESE TO: JUVENTUS
PRICE: €18 million
Catching the eyes of many big clubs in the past couple seasons, mainly Serie A top sides, Kwadwo Asamoah decides to continue his journey in another black and white color this summer as the Ghanaian ended his Udinese adventure for a new chapter at Juventus.
Asamoah's switch to Turin this summer was rather surprising since it was another Italian giant, Ac Milan, who have been previously linked more with the 23-year-old midfielder but it was Juve who took him instead. The Ghanaian was grabbed in a 18 million worth deal but still isn't fully owned by Antonio Conte's side as just yet, since Udinese hold the other part in a pretty complicated financial agreement.
Still only 23, it's not a surprise that Asamoah's professional career was spent with Udinese, since he was signed from Ac Bellinzona in 2008. Walking his path slowly into the first team, the midfielder eventually brought many attention after becoming one of the Friulani main actors during their success in acquiring Champions League spot in the past two seasons.
Already having plenty international football experience with Ghana, this summer is indeed the perfect moment for Asamoah to get his big move as it's an important step in improving his footballing qualities. Although the competition in getting into the Old Lady's starting line up would be tough, but with his talent, the young midfielder might be an important asset already for Juventus this summer.
In Turin, Asamoah will most likely be given a role as one of the “mezzalla”, competing with the likes of Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio, who were performing brilliantly for Conte's team last season. Having a strong physical attributes along with composed passing skills, the Ghanaian could really challenge both Vidal and Marchisio for a spot in midfield, but the 23-year-old must work hard to impress Conte before thinking of getting a place.
However, should Asamoah only being considered as a backup for Vidal or Machisio, the Ghanaian will still have plenty playing time next summer, because of Juventus' hectic schedule with Champions League football around. In all, the 2010 Most Promising African Player would be a fine addition for the Bianconeri and give much neede help for Conte in building a competitive side which could compete well in Europe and maintain their Scudetto race this upcoming season.