Juventus boast a formidable squad these days with three consecutive Scudetti, but maintain a broad network of young players on their books in some regard.
Sampdoria striker Manolo Gabbiadini is co-owned by the Bianconeri, whilst the Turin outfit hold a buyback option on talented Sassuolo hit man Simone Zaza.
Meanwhile, Zaza’s Neroverdi team-mate Domenico Berardi is on loan from Juventus, the Serie A champions having decided to sell Ciro Immobile alongside Torino over the summer.
The link between each of these players is not just that they’re all Italian, but that each of them are young forwards tipped for big futures.
Richmond Boakye is another name that belongs on the list, the 21-year-old currently out on loan at Atalanta, his registration rights co-owned by Massimiliano Allegri’s side with Genoa.
The Ghana international has spent the majority of his young professional career on assignment away from home base, playing in Italy and Spain.
Two successful campaigns in Serie B with Sassuolo – 21 goals in total – saw him try his hand in La Liga last year with Elche, where he netted six times in 31 appearances.
Now he’s back in the peninsula with Atalanta, starting the season off well with two goals through his first four starts for La Dea.
And apparently, Boakye’s body of work has been enough to earn the admiration of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
The Italian champions are said to have told the North London outfit that Boakye is ‘priceless and not for sale’ upon bringing up the idea of a January transfer.
Wenger’s track record with bringing along young players is well known and it appears that in Boakye, the Arsenal boss sees a potential star in the making.
Any negotiation for Boakye in January would’ve been a difficult one, as his co-owned status means both Juventus and Genoa would have to agree to sell.
At any rate, Juventus certainly aren’t interested in letting the 21-year-old go, having reportedly sent Arsenal packing at the first time of asking.
The Gunners may get another bite at the apple when Boakye’s co-ownership is resolved next summer, with the practice abolished in Italy effective summer 2015.
Juventus will have decisions to make with a wealth of young striking talent in their grasp, and should they choose other options over Boakye, Arsenal’s chances of landing him down the road should receive a significant boost.