Juventus’ club offices were raided by Italian police on Friday amid an investigation regarding the Old Lady’s transfer dealings.
Italian authorities took documents relating to transfers, invoices and financial statements from Juventus’ offices in Turin and Milan as they probe the club’s profits from transfers and agents fees between 2019 and 2021.
Six officials from the Italian club are under investigation, as well as Juventus itself. Those officials include club president Andrea Agnelli and vice-president Pavel Nedved.
Fabio Paratici, who was Juve’s sporting director before taking up a similar role with Tottenham last summer, is also under investigation.
A probe by Italy’s football watchdog COVISOC and finance regulator Consob has already been opened. Reports suggest that police are investigating profits grossing €50million (£42m) acquired in a 24-month spell.
‘The financiers of the Turin Economic-Financial Police Unit, delegated to the investigations, were instructed to find documentation and other useful elements relating to the company financial statements approved in the years from 2019 to 2021, with reference to both the purchase and sale of rights to the sports performance of the players, and the regular formation of financial statements.
A statement released by the Turin Public Prosecutor’s Office read: ‘Since this afternoon, on the orders of this Public Prosecutor’s Office, soldiers of the Guardia di Finanza have been carrying out local searches at the Turin and Milan offices of Juventus Football Club Spa.
‘At present, the activities are aimed at ascertaining the crime of false communications from listed companies and issuing invoices for non-existent transactions, towards the top management and the managers of the business, financial and sports management areas.
‘Under consideration there are various transfer operations of professional players and the services rendered by some agents involved in the relative intermediaries.’
Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport claims that 42 transfers – including transfers involving Joao Cancelo, Arthur, Danilo and Miralem Pjanic, – are being scrutinised by authorities.