Juventus Transfer News: Breaking Down the Odds on Latest Bianconeri Rumors
Despite winning their second consecutive league title this season, it is still anticipated to be a hectic summer of transfers at Juventus.
Whilst the eventual chasm between the Bianconeri and their second-placed rivals, Napoli, was nine points, it could have been a lot more. Whilst Juve were not able to replicate the magisterial unbeaten heroics of the previous campaign, they still played in a style that outclassed the opposition.
However, their lack of firepower has proved a concern.
Granted, they did boast the league's meanest defence, something that will be further augmented by the permanent purchase of Atalanta's Federico Peluso, whose arrival has been confirmed for €4.8 million.
The hierarchy at Juventus recognised the gravitas of this situation in January when they not only acquired French veteran striker Nicolas Anelka on a six-month contract, but they also agreed to sign Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Whilst the former was restricted to just two appearances (and zero goals), Llorente—a player who revels in the target man mould—is the beginning of what many Juve fans will hope to be a revitalisation of their strike force.
With their hopes of conquering Europe next season, the potential addition of a striker who is fresh from winning the treble with Bayern Munich would certainly provide the impetus for the 29-time Scudetto winners.
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Fresh from having scored 19 goals in all competitions, German international Mario Gomez is rumoured to be wanted by the team he helped knock out of the Champions League at the quarter-finals stage.
His agent has told Bild (h/t Football-Italia) that Juventus "are interested" in his client.
Whilst they face competition from Fiorentina, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City, the acquisition of Gomez—who scored two decisive goals in the German Cup final as Bayern overcame Stuttgart 3-2—would be a fearsome addition.
One player who looks certain to be destined for Italy is Carlos Tevez, who has long been unsettled at Manchester City.
The Independent reports that Juve are now in pole position to sign the Argentinian international, with these rumours being accentuated by the Italian champions appearing to cool their interest in Tevez's compatriot, Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid.
With the London Evening Standard pontificating that Tevez would be available for as little as £10 million, Juventus may look to maximise on the indecision of AC Milan—the Mirror claims the Rossoneri also hold an interest in Tevez—as they seek to clarify Robinho's future.
Having endured yet another inconsistent season at Old Trafford, where he not only had to contend with loss of form but also various injuries, the Daily Mail declares that he looks certain to leave.
Juve or newly promoted and free-spending Monaco in France are his preferred destinations.
With an asking price rumoured to be as low as £8 million—representing a sizable loss on the €25.5 million United paid for him six years ago—Bianconeri manager Antonio Conte should have no trouble convincing his board to bid for a player who, whilst volatile, can thrill.
Not all of Juve's rumoured targets will be from outside of Italy: After securing the signature of Peluso, they are also looking at other domestic players.
One player who has been strongly rumoured to be pulling on the famous black and white jersey next season is Angelo Ogbonna.
Despite playing for the Old Lady's cross-city rivals, Torino, a bid looks imminent.
Gazzetta dello Sport and Tuttosport report (via Football-Italia) that Juventus are compiling a bid that offers cash plus co-ownership in either of their two most promising strikers: Ciro Immobile or Manolo Gabbiadini.
The acquisition of Ogbonna would represent quite a coup for Conte: Having broken into the Italian senior team two years ago, the player has caught the eye of a number of Europe's biggest teams.
Able to adeptly play at either centre-back, left-back or on the left side of midfield, he would offer versatility. A move to Turin would also offer him the chance to gain the attention of Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli.
What are your thoughts? Would Carlos Tevez thrive in Italy? Would Mario Gomez provide the firepower to turn Juventus into a pan-European threat? Which other players could be of interest to the Bianconeri? Let me know either in the comments section below or via Twitter: @LeRowley
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