Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus revolution is kicking into gear, with the Italian champions’ new boss axing Gonzalo Higuain and Sami Khedira from his squad.
The legendary playmaker was Maurizio Sarri’s shock replacement just nine days after being appointed manager of the Turin side’s under-23 side.
Pirlo is tasked with achieving what Sarri, Max Allegri and Co couldn’t in sealing Europe’s top prize, and has so far culled three players, with Blaise Matuidi already departing for MLS side Inter Miami.
Experienced stars Higuain (32) and Khedira (33) have followed, with Pirlo taking the drastic decision of cancelling the pair’s contracts a year before their expiry, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
Juve will be relieved to rid themselves of Higuain’s £6.7m annual wage bill amid the coronavirus pinch, while both former Real Madrid stars reportedly in talks with the Turin side over payouts.