Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 5
Now in the closing stages of the summer transfer window, August brings with it the beginning of most European leagues as well as the final month of transfer business.
As a result, clubs worldwide are both opening up in an attempt to make those last few, vital signings, but will also be more on guard than ever to ensure their side isn’t weakened in the process.
Having won back-to-back Serie A titles, Juventus can certainly be counted among that wary bunch and are set to be involved in another week’s worth of humdrum transfer chat.
Taking into account tidbits of past speculation as well as new and emerging rumours, keep one eye on this page to see how some of the biggest rumours surrounding the club turn out in the coming days.
Marchisio Only Has Eyes for the Old Lady
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Several days ago, it emerged that Manchester United were looking at Juventus all-rounder Claudio Marchisio as the solution to their issues in central midfield.
According to talkSPORT, the Italian playmaker has stated that he is flattered by the attention coming his way from Old Trafford, but that he wants to stay in Turin, adding: “I want to win here [Juventus].”
Given how long Manchester United’s rumoured interest in Fabregas has gone on, this may not yet be the end of David Moyes’ apparent interest in Marchisio’s services, but the midfielder’s intentions seem pretty clear at this stage.
Chiellini Dismisses Transfer Chatter
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Having become surrounded by a raft of gossip in recent days, Giorgio Chiellini has moved to assure the Old Lady incumbent that there’s no need to worry about his football future.
Speaking to Italian publication Tuttosport (h/t Sky Sports), the centre-back recently said:
Every summer I hear transfer stories around me or Claudio Marchisio, but a lot of it is fantasy football. Beppe Marotta said clearly that this is not a selling club. Besides, it would be crazy to leave Juventus now that the project is taking off, even if Real Madrid came calling.
Now that we have added a few more pieces [players], now that we are more solid, we aim to continue on this path.
From what the defender has to say, it would seem Chiellini’s a very firm defender in the Bianconeri cause and only sees the club as being on an upward trajectory.
The 28-year-old has been instrumental in firing Juve to Serie A domination over the last few years, his allegiance stretching back to before the betting scandal of 2006 saw them drop down to Serie B.
That being said, it seems the two Scudetto titles won’t be enough for Chiellini, and the defender instead wishes to add to the section of his trophy cabinet labelled “Juve.”
Kolarov to Be Given Juve Lifeline?
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After falling down the pecking order at Manchester City, it would seem Aleksandar Kolarov’s chances of first-team football might be done a service were the Serbian international to complete a summer switch to Turin.
The Mirror’s John Cross has alleged that Juventus are in the hunt to sign the left-back for a fee of around £12 million, more than what they paid City for Carlos Tevez.
The same report goes on to say that Kolarov will now seek talks with manager Manuel Pellegrini in a bid to find out just how much he figures into the Chilean’s plans.
Last season, Gael Clichy made the left full-back spot his own, leaving Kolarov to stew on the bench for some stretches.
However, at Juve, the 27-year-old wouldn’t be limited to just defensive duties, as Antonio Conte’s tactics would allow for further expression in Kolarov’s area of the pitch.
Juventus Ready to Cash in on Strike Duo
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With Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez joining from Manchester City and via free agency, respectively, there are now too many strikers at Juventus, with some space expected to be freed up in the coming weeks.
Along with the two fresh signings, Mirko Vucinic, Sebastian Giovinco, Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella would all have to compete for a starting spot in Turin, too many suitors for, at maximum, a couple of places.
For some time now, it’s the latter two of that list who’ve been most closely linked with departures from the club, seemingly looked upon as surplus to requirements.
Now, the club’s general manager, Beppe Marotta, has confirmed that two forwards will be leaving.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia (h/t Sky Sports), the official said: "I don't want to make names, but we have six strikers and we'll keep only four of them."
LAST UPDATE (Thursday, August 8)
After going off the boil slightly in their pursuit of the veteran, it seems Norwich are as eager as ever to sign Fabio Quagliarella.
According to the Mirror (h/t Football Italia), the Canaries are ready to launch a renewed bid worth more than the £7 million they are already alleged to have offered for the forward's services.
Chris Hughton's attack has already undergone a drastic renovation this summer and it looks clear that the Norfolk outfit are no longer willing to settle for Premier League mediocrity.