Juventus Transfers: Ranking the Rumoured Signings They Didn't Make
This article will take a look at the summer signings Juventus didn’t make and rank them according to what they could have offered Juve.
Juve are one of the best teams in Europe, they have arguably the best midfield triumvirate in the world and they're a team with great unity.
If not for Oscar’s individual brilliance, the Bianconeri would have triumphed over European champions Chelsea.
7. Federico Peluso, Left-Back, Atalanta, Age: 28
Federico Peluso is a decent player and certainly wouldn’t be a major liability like Cristian Molinaro, Marco Motta or Fabio Grosso.
Signing Peluso wouldn’t have been a major difference maker because he’s not that much better than Paolo De Ceglie.
With the benefit of hindsight, he can’t touch Kwadwo Asamoah, who is the best left wing-back in the world right now.
6. Pablo Armero, Udinese, Left-Wingback, Age: 25
Entering the season, left wing-back was one major area of concern because Paolo De Ceglie isn’t good enough.
Pablo Armero’s name was thrown around because he has rapid pace, high VO2 max levels and can whip in an incisive cross.
A month into Juventus’ season and they’ve found their left wing-back—Kwadwo Asamoah.
5. Dimitar Berbatov, Fulham, Centre Forward, Age: 31
When it seemed that Juventus had successful hijacked Fiorentina’s shrewd bid for Dimitar Berbatov, Fulham trumped both clubs by luring the vastly talented Bulgarian back to London.
Berbatov has grown accustomed to the English lifestyle, and linking up with former manager Martin Jol was an opportunity too good to pass up.
He pulled the strings as the London club edged past Wigan Athletic.
So far, Mirko Vučinić has stepped up for Juve, with some efficient games against Udinese and Genoa. Fabio Quagliarella was surprisingly excellent against Chievo. However are both of the strikers’ early form fool’s gold?
4. Fernando Llorente, Athletic Bilbao, Centre Forward, Age: 27
There was an awkward moment when Fernando Llorente came back to Athletic Bilbao and their supporters are chanting: “Go to Juve!”
Llorente doesn’t possess the creative imagination of Berbatov, but the Spaniard is a bulldozer and could have been the difference against Chelsea.
You look at how he man-handled Manchester United and the thought of him helping Juve over the line against the Blues isn’t a far-fetched idea.
Aritz Aduriz shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same sentence as Llorente. Yet, he is the one carrying Llorente’s load at Bilbao with several early goals.
Llorente will be frozen out of this Bilbao side and his last few months as a Los Leone will be psychologically painful.
In recent times, Spanish forwards have been below-par in Serie A: Bojan Krkić, José Mari, Javier Portillo, Diego Tristán and Javi Moreno.
Will Llorente be the same if he signs with Juve? Comment below with your opinion.
3. Edin Džeko, Manchester City, Centre Forward, Age: 26
The way Roberto Mancini has managed Edin Džeko is disappointing. He came to Manchester City as one of the best performing forwards in the world. Now, he’s a forward that is struggling to capture the dominant Džeko of the past.
He hasn’t been given leeway to perform because whenever he looks somewhat mediocre, Mancini yanks him from the starting XI.
It’s not conducive to Džeko’s development as a forward and he may never realize his potential at City.
If he goes to Juventus and becomes their main man, he should light up the league like he did with Wolfsburg.
2. Marco Verratti, Paris Saint-Germain, Deep-Lying Playmaker, Age: 19
Juventus’ MVP midfield is arguably the best triumvirate in Europe right now. In this regard, not signing Marco Verratti isn’t a major concern at the present moment.
However, looking down the track, it would have been handy for the Bianconeri to have MVP 2.0: Marrone, Pogba and Verratti.
In the case of Luca Marrone, he looks like he could become a gifted centre-back.
In the limited minutes Paul Pogba has been afforded for the Italian champions, he’s lived up to the hype.
Verratti seems to be Carlo Ancelotti’s pet project and remember, he made the right call to permanently move Andrea Pirlo to the regista position.
Nothing seems to fluster Verratti, even though he’s only a kid, but he needs to watch out for Adrien Rabiot, who either is a very early bloomer or a future world-class midfielder.
1. Stevan Jovetić, Fiorentina, Deep-Lying Forward, Age: 22
Stevan Jovetić told Gazzetta dello Sport (via Fox Soccer):
Juventus did come after me with some insistence and it is normal to think about it when you hear certain things—the chance to play in the Champions League, you have the faith of the club and the fact that you will be placed at the centre of a project. However, there was no reason to go to Turin for that as I'm already here. I love this city and this club and that is why I could never betray them by going to Juventus.
During Gabriel Batistuta’s pomp, he chose loyalty to Fiorentina over a possibly career-changing transfer to a major club:
To tell you the truth, that didn’t interest me so much because although there were titles, they were easy to win. They didn’t have to fight hard to win them or even extend themselves slightly. So, that stopped me from moving. I said: ‘No, I’m staying with Fiorentina and I’ll try to win something here because one title with Fiorentina is worth 10 with Milan or Juventus.
Unsurprisingly, Jovetić has started this season like the way he ended last season. When he’s in full stride, defenders have a tough time legally winning the ball back from him. His passing is exemplary and he’s an instinctive finisher around the penalty box.
If Jovetić emulates Batistuta’s faithfulness, the Montenegrin could rival the Argentine’s legacy at Fiorentina.