Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of 12 Aug
It's been a summer of evolution rather than revolution for Antonio Conte's Juventus, but that doesn't mean they haven't been making significant moves in the transfer market.
The signings of Fernando Llorente, Carlos Tevez and Angelo Ogbonna suggest this summer is about reinforcing an already strong squad. The focus has been on quality rather than quantity.
With that being said, being the Italian champions and contenders for the latter stages of the Champions League, they've naturally been linked to plenty of players from around the football world. They've also been working hard to lose some dead weight.
Though there have been few new faces arriving in Turin, it's been anything but a quiet summer for the Bianconeri.
Alessandro Matri to Napoli
Alessandro Matri has known that his time was up in Turin for some time now. With the arrival of two high-profile forwards, the Italian would find it very hard to secure regular game time under Conte and must now look elsewhere to further his career. The club would like him off the books, too.
With that in mind, it's surprising that Matri hasn't been sold yet. He's been the subject of constant rumours all summer, but little concrete information about any deal has been revealed.
Sport Mediaset (via Football Italia) are reporting that a €12 million deal has been agreed with Napoli. However, speaking to Sky Sport Italia (via Football Italia), club director Beppe Marotta remained coy.
"I wouldn't know what to say," he told reporters.
Napoli seem a curious destination for the 28-year-old, as it seems unlikely he'd get much time ahead of Gonzalo Higuain in Rafa Benitez' favoured formation, especially as the Spaniard is also keen to use youngster Lorenzo Insigne up front. Watch this space.
Fabio Quagliarella to Sunderland
As Chris Young reports in the Sunderland Echo, Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio could go back to Turin for Matri, having already made a great signing in the shape of Emanuele Giaccherini.
Di Canio now has a competitive strike force at Sunderland, having struggled up front last term.
If he can find a new home for either Ji Dong-Won or Stephane Sessegnon, it is thought that the former Lazio player would like Matri's name on his teamsheet.
Or Is He off to Norwich?
Quagliarella might not be needed at Juve, but the 30-year-old is by no means finished. With Scudetto-winning experience and a host of international caps, it's little surprise that there are several clubs interested.
The Italian has played for eight clubs thus far, scoring goals wherever he's been, so there's no reason to think he couldn't settle into life in the EPL right away.
In England, the Metro's Danny Griffiths reports that Norwich are extremely interested in signing the Naples native ahead of the new campaign, especially since new forward Gary Hooper was injured in a preseason friendly.
Juan Zuniga Move Depends on the Player
According to Italian paper Corriere dello Sport, Napoli's Juan Zuniga can move to Juventus—but only if he wants to.
The paper suggests that Napoli are happy for the Colombian wing-back to renew his contract and remain at the San Paolo, but while they are in no rush to sell the 27-year-old, they would also listen to serious offers from the Bianconeri.
The CdS report suggests that a four-year contract worth €2 million per season is on the table, should he wish to remain with the Azzurri.
Aleksandar Kolarov Is Plan B
Should the move for Zuniga fall through, Conte is known to be a fan of Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov.
Corriere dello Sport suggests that while new boss Manuel Pellegrini doesn't want to sell the full-back, the Citizens would part with the Serbian for between €10-12 million.
The Belgrade native knows Serie A well, having spent three seasons at Lazio before moving to the EPL.