Juventus: Strikers Juve Should Look at If RVP Is out of the Picture
With Juventus in the market for a striker this summer, numerous sources have gone wild with rumors and speculation as to who the Italian giants might sign.
Leading the list of potential newcomers has usually been Robin van Persie of Arsenal, who, as we know, publicly stated his desire to leave the club weeks ago and now awaits a transfer.
But a player as good as van Persie will have many prestigious suitors who can offer him the money that he wants. It is entirely possible that, even if negotiations are at an advanced stage, Manchester City or Manchester United will swoop in and make a last-second move.
Juve will have to consider numerous backup options if their primary target doesn't work out. Here are a few of the great players they should consider.
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After a certain amount of time, a player of Fernando Torres' caliber just can't stand sitting on the bench anymore.
Despite the departure of Didier Drogba, a player of Torres' caliber needs to be playing, especially during his prime. Juventus can not only give him the minutes he has longed for, but make him the centerpiece of their attack, as well.
And there might actually be something to this link. Goal.com reported that Juve tabled a substantial offer to Chelsea recently, and there appears to be a serious possibility that this move could go down.
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Another player who is suffering from playing at a rich club that loves signing new players, Dzeko knows that he needs to seek pastures new if he wants to play on a consistent basis.
That is why it has constantly been rumored this summer that he is on his way out of Manchester City, and Juventus have emerged as a likely destination.
According to the Daily Mirror, Juve have already made an offer that was rejected, but the club would be wise to return to the negotiating table with the intent to hammer out a deal.
Dzeko is a very good finisher from all distances, and can score with virtually any part of his body, even when faced with a physical challenge.
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With his instinctive brand of skill, trickery and excellent finishing, Luis Suarez would fit in extremely well with Juventus' slick team, and would be a great addition if Liverpool would let him go.
The English club will not want to lose arguably its best and most influential player, but it's difficult to retain one of the best players in the world when you can't offer him Champions League football.
Knowing this, Juventus would be wise to pounce now, and BBC Sport reports that they are ready to. However, Juve would apparently like to bring in Suarez alongside Robin van Persie, rather than instead of him.
I think the two would work well together, as they both play a technical style, and the bigger van Persie could play a bit further forward in a two-striker system.
Either way, Luis Suarez would only add to the strength of the team.
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Since moving to Napoli, Edinson Cavani has blossomed into one of the best strikers in the world, and shined as the best player in the great attacking triumvirate of himself, Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Naturally, Juventus have become interested. With his considerable experience in Serie A, the Uruguayan would be a very good fit for the Italian champions and would only have to get familiar with his new teammates before becoming a successful member of the squad.
Lavezzi's ability to perform is not in question. Juventus' ability to pull off a deal, however, is very much in doubt.
Napoli obviously want to keep him, and, according to Goal.com, hope to entice him to sign a new deal. Plus, he would probably command a transfer fee so massive that it would be tough for almost any club to sign him.
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Despite Vicente del Bosque's lack of confidence in Fernando Llorente, a fantastic season with Athletic Bilbao has brought the Spaniard to the attention of almost every big club in Europe.
His impressively well-rounded play brought Bilbao to two cup finals and made their swashbuckling style possible. Equally dominant with his head and his feet, defenders shudder when they see Llorente's chiseled frame come at them.
Strikers as impressive as him are not available very often, and one gets the feeling that Bilbao will not be able to keep arguably their best man for much longer.
Despite the hefty transfer fee he is likely to come with, money used to bring Llorente to Turin is money well spent. Few are as complete as he, and, while not quite Robin van Persie, he is younger than the Dutchman and adds a unique dynamic to whatever team he plays for.