Luca Pellegrini has been left out of Juventus’s Champions League squad after missing out on a summer switch to West Ham United, as reported by Football Italia.
Then again, it probably would have been more of a surprise if the Italy international had been included.
Since joining Juventus in a £20 million deal from Roma in 2019 – one that saw the outstanding Leonardo Spinazzola go in the other direction – Pellegrini has not made a single Serie A appearance in those iconic black-and-white stripes.
And after loan spells at Cagliari and Genoa, Juventus were more than happy to let the 22-year-old leave again – albeit on a temporary basis – before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
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According to Tuttosport, Pellegrini had emerged as a transfer target for West Ham United before the clock struck 11.
But as David Moyes and co worked their fingers to the bone trying to agree a deal for Spartak Moscow’s Alex Kral – they succeeded too, ensuring that months of negotiations did not go to waste – Pellegrini appeared to fall by the wayside.
With Aaron Cresswell in top form, Ben Johnson improving all the time and Arthur Masuaku stepping up his return from another injury blow, it is not as if West Ham are short of options on the left-hand side.
With the market closed until the new year, Pellegrini now has little choice but to try and force his way into a side already boasting one of Europe’s top left-backs, Brazil international and five-time Serie A champion Alex Sandro.
After being omitted from Max Allegri’s 23-man Champions League squad, it seems that the Rome-born defender is fighting a losing battle.
There can be little doubt now, given the way the rampaging Spinazzola performed during Italy’s triumphant Euro 2020 campaign, that Roma got the best of that particular swap deal.