Juventus: Who the Team's Top Transfer Target Should Be in Summer 2012
Juventus have already made some noise in the transfer market as they prepare to defend the Serie A title this upcoming season.
Juventus open the season on August 25, against Parma, mere days before the closing of the transfer window. The team has added depth at every position, in order to prepare for an ambitious season.
Last season, under new coach Antonio Conte, Juventus went undefeated in Serie A, winning the scudetto. They also had a strong showing in the Coppa Italia, losing in the finals to Napoli.
With the team also competing in Champions League this season, reinforcements are necessary, as Antonio Conte will look to challenge for all possible silverware after such a successful start to his tenure with Juventus.
Juventus have made some excellent permanent signings so far, adding Martin Caceres and experienced central defender Lucio.
They strengthened the midfield with Udinese duo Mauricio Isla and Kwadwo Asamoah and brought back youth product Sebastian Giovinco.
Management has even brought in some young players for the future by signing of Paul Pogba, Alberto Masi, and highly coveted goalkeeper Nicola Leali. The former Brescia keeper Leali has been named by scouts as the heir to current Juventus and Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
Despite their numerous signings and a strong season, they still have one glaring hole on their roster—they lack a goal scorer. Their leading scorer, Alessandro Matri, finished with only 10 goals in all competitions.
Should Juventus sign Mario Balotelli?
Juventus have been linked with a number of different forwards this summer, as they look to bring in that goal scorer they lack.
Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Robin van Persie are all being linked with a move to Torino. Cavani and van Persie were the most productive of the rumoured players, scoring 33 and 37 goals, respectively, in all competitions.
Despite being less established than the other players linked with the Old Lady, the player Juventus should really look into bringing back to Italy is Mario Balotelli.
The current Manchester City striker was linked to Juventus before the Euros with his agent saying he would be interested in playing for the Serie A champions.
It was widely rumoured that Balotelli would be leaving Manchester this summer, but a strong showing at the Euros in which he scored three goals in six games has quieted exit rumours.
While a move for Balotelli would be difficult, it is very possible.
In Manchester, Balotelli has to compete with Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, and Edin Dzeko. Manchester also has Roque Santa Cruz and Emmanuel Adebayor returning from loan.
Not to mention the fact that Manchester City is rumoured to be the team rivaling Juventus and Manchester United for van Persie's signature.
Balotelli is known for his off-field antics and many have said the player needs to mature. While his attitude may make some question whether he is the right player for Juventus, there is no doubting his skill.
Balotelli has come along way in recent months in terms of maturity. The player many fans thought was a liability and a red card waiting to happen managed to keep his composure as Italy progressed through the Euros, and finished tied as the tournament's leading scorer.
Balotelli, who turns 22 in two weeks, still has a lot of time to mature.
He has already shown glimpses of greatness at such a young age, one can only imagine how good he will become. Balotelli managed 17 goals in all competitions for Manchester despite only playing 32 games.
With a regular starting spot for Juventus, it isn't much of a stretch to say he could score 30 goals as soon as this season. Additionally, more playing time would help him mature as a player.
With Cesare Prandelli looking towards youth, the spot of top striker for the club and national team would be his for the taking.
In my mind Balotelli has the potential to be one of the top players in the game.
His biggest obstacle will be his attitude. If he can mature both on and off the field, there will be very few players who can rival his skill.
Juventus should seriously consider Balotelli. In my mind the potential reward is far greater than the risk.
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