Juventus Winter Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumours, Updates

Jack Alexandros Rathborn@@jackrathbornContributor IIINovember 5, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Nani of Manchester United celebrates his goal with Anderson (L) during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Juventus may have had their winning streak ended by Inter last weekend, but any suggestions that it will cause the Bianconeri to panic-buy are way off the mark.

The Old Lady have been linked with several targets since the beginning of the season, and reinforcements in January will only strengthen an already-formidable squad.

The likes of Theo Walcott and Nani have been linked to Juve, according to reports, suggesting a tactical shift in the way that Antonio Conte set the side up. The wide players in the 3-5-2 currently perform in a fashion similar to traditional full-backs in a four-man defence.

Deploying Walcott or Nani in the wide areas would significantly change the profile of the side—offering more support to the front two while leaving the back three a little more exposed.

It is a fascinating proposition, as Juve might have to contend with the dilemma of recovering from conceding the lead more often in the future. Without European football, and having only tried the new system for the first time in Serie A last season, Juve's talent has often overwhelmed the opposition.

Juve might also look to adding more depth to the squad, especially at centre-back where Lucio is the only experienced cover they possess right now. Luca Marrone has played out of position there, but Rio Ferdinand would be an exciting acquisition, if reports are to be believed, even if his form has waned of late.

If Ferdinand is overlooked, Juve could attempt to sign another Manchester United centre-back, with Nemanja Vidic's future being monitored closely by the Old Lady, according to the Daily Mail. Clearly, the Serbian would not join to be part of the squad alone, which might suggest that Conte is looking to replace Andrea Barzagli in the not-to-distant future.

Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Juve also highlighted the lack of a top-quality striker, with Mirko Vucinic departing injured at halftime. The Montenegrin enjoyed playing in deep or wide areas, as does Sebastian Giovinco. While Fabio Quagliarella, Alessandro Matri and Nicklas Bendtner all enjoy operating down the middle, they all appear to be missing the desired quality.

Fernando Llorente, long linked with the Bianconeri, only has six months remaining on his Athletic Bilbao contract and would represent a significant upgrade to their striking options.

Evidently, there are funds to spend at the Juventus Arena in January, and if their business in the transfer market in recent years is to be replicated, then Juventini will be delighted.

The Bianconeri's goals for the new year are to successfully defend their league title and to go far in the Champions League, should they qualify.