Andrea Pirlo blocked the transfers of three players including a Leicester City target


Andrea Pirlo blocked the transfers of three players, including a Leicester City target

Andrea Pirlo reportedly blocked the sales of three Juventus players last summer, according to top football journalist Fabrizio Romano.


The former Juventus, AC Milan and Inter midfielder started his managerial career by replacing Maurizio Sarri last summer.


The Italian journalist reported on Calciomercato.com that Pirlo refused to sell three players who were set to leave the club prior to his arrival.


One of the players is Merih Demiral, who was a top transfer target for Leicester City, who had a bid that was rejected by Juventus, and consequently moved on to sign Wesley Fofana from Saint-Etienne for €35 million instead of the Turkish defender.


Another player is Adrien Rabiot, who Pirlo is a big admirer of, and as a result refused bids from Premier League clubs in order to keep the France international at the club.


Speaking after Juventus' 2-0 win against Cagliari, Pirlo said about Rabiot "He doesn't even know how strong he is. For me he is a champion and we are working a lot with him, also on a mental level".


The final player is Danilo, who was on the fringes at Juventus, but has been given a second chance by Pirlo, utilising him as a centre-back.


So far, Danilo has played in all but one of Juventus' games this season, starting in all of the games that he has played so far.


Juventus got off to a mixed start, standing fourth in the Serie A table, yet they are still unbeaten after eight games.