In the age of big-money moves in club soccer, a potential value acquisition like Torino‘s Danilo D’Ambrosio simply doesn’t come along every day.
The 25-year-old is out of a contract with the Stadio Olimpico outfit at the end of this season, spelling a potential cut-rate move in January of a free transfer next summer. As such, the likes of Napoli, Fiorentina and Juventus are waiting in the wings.
Though his current club had previously expressed a desire to keep him, it seems ever more likely with each passing day that he will indeed be moving on, as a contract extension that would keep him with the Granata looks increasingly unlikely. Should the defender secure a move elsewhere, it would be quite merited.
During his time at Torino, D’Ambrosio, naturally a right-back, has been shifted all over the pitch by boss Giampiero Ventura to plug gaps where necessary. He has reportedly been less than pleased at times at not receiving consistent minutes in a stable role. On a positive note, however, such chopping and changing has served as a testament to his versatility while also providing him with the opportunity to hone his skills in multiple facets of the game.
He’s quite capable in the air to pair with a good amount of pace, and is endowed with impressive finishing ability despite being a fullback by trade, having scored 11 goals for the Granata since joining from Juve Stabia in January of 2010. D’Ambrosio is also proficient at playing both on the outside of a four-man defense and out wide in the midfield of a 3-5-2 formation, able to take up his mantle on the left or right side.
Such tactical flexibility is something that makes him an intriguing prospect for Italian sides, many of which have adopted systems featuring a three-man back line in recent times. He’d fit nicely into a number of schemes depending on the preference of the coach.
At Fiorentina, boss Vincenzo Montella deploys either a 3-5-2 or 4-3-3 depending on personnel available and the opposition’s tactical setup, while Juventus’ Antonio Conte has been a major factor in the emergence of the 3-5-2 in Serie A and has likewise used the 4-3-3 in Champions League action this term.
Napoli is known to be in the market for another fullback as Rafa Benitez looks to establish depth throughout his defense, preferring an offensive 4-2-3-1 formation that provides ample opportunity for the stoppers out wide to push forward.
Any of the three would suit D’Ambrosio, who could be a great asset to each of these ambitious clubs. The opportunity to play in Europe would be a huge draw for the 25-year-old and could bring his career to the next level. Recently tipped to break into Cesare Prandelli’s Italy squad, making the leap to a top outfit could provide him with the necessary boost to make a breakthrough to international competition.
D’Ambrosio has been a tireless servant to Torino during his tenure in Turin and proven his value as one of the side’s finest. With the club not seemingly unequipped to take the necessary provisions to keep him, he certainly deserves a chance with one of the big boys.
Whether a Serie A giant comes in for him during the winter transfer window or waits until he can be had next summer remains to be seen, but without a doubt, suitors will come knocking for a player with much to offer that can be had for a discount price.