Maybe, maybe not. But the question to answer is would he rather have no Giulia at all or one with that ZF8 spd?
Manual transmission choice is approaching a cult status, almost a religious fervour. All in search of pressing a clutch pedal (when an on/off switch is all that is needed from a functional standpoint).
Wait a minute, the ZF 8 spd already does that: operates the clutch with an on/off switch instead of your foot.
The Giulia is itself an irrational choice. If car choice were purely rational, we'd all be driving boring economy cars. I've made my choice: no manual, no Giulia. You are wasting your keystrokes trying to convince most of us otherwise.