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Juventus to Swoop for Llorente, Lewandowski
After failing to secure a top striker for the 2011-2012 season during the summer transfer window, the Bianconeri are planning a shock double move for Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente and Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski in the January window.
Llorente, whose contract runs out at the end of the season and has made it clear he's ready for a move away from the Spanish side, has already informed his club he wants to make the move to Juventus, according to the Daily Mail.
After nearly joining La Vecchia Signora in August and with Bilbao risking to lose the player for free at the end of the season, it seems nothing stands in the way of the Spaniard joining Juventus in January.
Robert Lewandowski has been nothing but outstanding over the past 18 months for Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund. Tuttosport reports his great form has attracted interest from Juventus. The Italian club would have to beat out Manchester United, who have long been interested in the Pole (via talkSPORT).
Dortmund will not be willing to part ways with their top striker cheaply, though, so it remains to be seen whether Lewandowski is a realistic option for the Bianconeri.
Are llorente and Lewandowski the answer for the Bianconeri?
Director Beppe Marotta Talks About Finances, Lack of Big-Name Signings
Beppe Marotta explained to La Gazetta dello Sport why Juventus failed to bring in a big-name striker during the summer, having to settle for a loan deal for Nicklas Bendtner.
The Juve chief cited "financial restraints," stating that for a team like Juventus, it is better to chase wise transfer opportunities (h/t ESPN Soccernet). According to Marotta, Juventus cannot afford top players because of the economical situation of Italian football, with big sides from the Spanish La Liga and the English Premier League earning double what Juventus do.
Marotta cited Stevan Jovetic and Marco Verratti as two examples of players that were simply too expensive. He also made clear Juventus are no longer interested in the services of Stevan Jovetic, who seems to be on his way to Manchester City.
Gianluigi Buffon Thinks Inter Is a Contender
After watching the Milan-derby, Gianluigi Buffon spoke to the press to talk about Internazionale.
The experienced skipper believes the Nerazzurri are on the right path and could challenge for the Scudetto this season, per Goal.com. Buffon applauded Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni and the younger approach Inter are taking.
Nani Rumours Won't Go Away
The Nani-to-Juventus rumours have been going on for quite some time now, and the Mirror are reporting the Bianconeri are planning a move for the Portuguese winger.
Nani is unhappy at Manchester United and wants to leave, and United coach Sir Alex Ferguson is not known for his patience with players acting up. With the transfer window still several months away, a lot could still change, but don't expect these rumours to go away.