Juventus Transfer Tracker: Latest Bianconeri News and Rumours

Jack Alexandros Rathborn@@jackrathbornContributor IIIJune 24, 2013

Juventus Transfer Tracker: Latest Bianconeri News and Rumours

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    This summer is a pivotal time for Juventus as it will surely define whether they are capable of taking the side from being a dominant force in Italy to serious contenders in Europe once again.

    The Bianconeri enjoyed a successful return to the Champions League, finishing top of their group that included champions Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk.

    The Old Lady came unstuck when they met eventual champions Bayern Munich and the manner in which the Germans outclassed them will be a concern to Juventini and they will surely hope that it will prompt the board to release substantial funds to strengthen the team.

    Top of any list of targets will be a new striker—even with the recruitment of Spanish centre-forward Fernando Llorente.

    The Bianconeri were left frustrated by their attack's bluntness in front of goal and major measures are being taken to ensure that this will not be repeated.

    Other areas of the team will be bolstered too, so let's take a look at the latest players to be linked with Juve.

Juventus Sign Carlos Tevez

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    Juventus moved quickly over the last few days to snap up Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.

    The Bianconeri will pay £12 million for the Argentine, according to the BBC, which probably ends their interest in Tevez's compatriot Gonzalo Higuain.

    The 29-year-old bolsters the Old Lady's attack and could form a potent partnership with either Mirko Vucinic or Fernando Llorente to complete a sensational lineup for Antonio Conte that is sure to alert the rest of Europe.

    Tevez arrives in Turin after four seasons with City, scoring 58 goals in 107 league games, winning the Premier League a year ago.

    Without an international appearance in almost two years, Tevez will likely be fresh for Juventus over the coming season and adds typical qualities that Conte appreciates.

    The Bianconeri are a team of hard workers and Tevez could be the very best in that regard, so it will not take long for the Juventini to fall in love with Carlitos.

Higuain Was Too Expensive for Juventus

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    It appears as if Juventus admitted defeat in the race for Gonzalo Higuain because of financial reasons, after the Bianconeri sealed a deal for compatriot Carlos Tevez.

    The Real Madrid striker's brother and agent Nicolas Higuain told TuttoMercatoWeb (via Football Italia), "Juventus are a great club, but Gonzalo is too expensive for them."

    Juve appear to have fallen short of the Real Madrid's valuation, offering in the region of €22 million, which is around €8 million short of what Los Merengues are demanding for the 25-year-old.

    Tevez is a great second-choice for the Old Lady though and a significant upgrade for the team's attack, so Juventini will not be too disappointed to have missed out on Pipita.

Zaza Claims Juventus Would Be His Preferred Choice over Milan

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    Simone Zaza has spoke of his desire to join Juventus, with the Sampdoria striker in hot demand after a stunning season with Serie B outfit Ascoli.

    The 22-year-old has garnered interest from the Bianconeri, Milan and Napoli, but it appears as if the Old Lady would be his preferred choice.

    Zaza told Italian newspaper Tuttosport (via Eurosport), "Since I was a child I have always supported AC Milan, but it would be very hard to say no to Juve."

    The striker continued, "I have read that Napoli have made an offer for me, but Juventus would be my first choice."

    Whether Juventus would keep the player once purchasing him, or opt to send him on loan to gain more first team opportunities is unclear, but Zaza looks sure to join one of Serie A's giants this summer and be just the latest star to graduate from Serie B to the big time.

Juventus Take on Arsenal for Real Madrid Star

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    Juventus appear to be one of two clubs that Gonzalo Higuain is considering to join as the Argentine prepares to leave Real Madrid for this summer.

    The 25-year-old striker wants to leave Madrid due to a lack of starts, with Karim Benzema edging him out under Jose Mourinho last season.

    Personal terms appear to be agreed with Arsenal, which made the Gunners front runners for the Albiceleste international, but the player's father has made it clear that the Bianconeri remain an option for his son.

    Jorge Higuain told the Mail on Sunday (via Sky Sports), "I'm aware Arsenal has made a strong offer, as well as Juventus."

    The decision for Higuain will surely come down to professional reasons—Arsenal can offer greater security surrounding a starting berth, but Juventus will provide many more opportunities to win trophies and compete in the Champions League.

Gabbiadini Still Has Juve Future

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    Manolo Gabbiadini still has a future at Juventus according to the player's agent.

    The player has been away with Italy under-21s this summer, who reached the final of the European championships, but after a mediocre season at Bologna, rumours have surfaced that the Bianconeri could be willing to sell their 50% stake in the player.

    Agent Silvio Pagliari clarified to Radio Sei (via Football Italia), “The co-ownership between Juventus and Atalanta was renewed last week, but the sporting rights now belong to the Bianconeri."

    Pagliari continued, “from what I have understood from Turin, I don’t think they have any intention of selling their half in the forward."

    Another loan spell beckons for Gabbiadini, but the player will surely have grown in confidence from his experience with the Azzurrini this summer and will be keen to secure a temporary move away from Turin to gain regular minutes on the pitch.

    Sides such as Lazio, Sampdoria and Fiorentina have already expressed an interest, proving that Gabbiadini is revered by the best sides in Serie A.

Juventus Look at French Youngster

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    Juventus appear to be closing in on one of the best young players in France.

    Benjamin Mendy impressed with Ligue 2 outfit Le Havre last season and the left-back continued to improve his reputation by rising through the youth teams for Les Bleus.

    The Bianconeri appear to be close to confirming the signature of the 18-year-old after tabling a €3 million bid, according to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Italia).

    Juventus will face competition from Arsenal and Sunderland for the player, but it seems that the Old Lady have stolen a march on their rivals by agreeing a fee with Les Ciel et Marine.