Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of Dec 2

Jack Alexandros RathbornContributor IIIDecember 2, 2013

Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of Dec 2

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    Juventus are back at the top of the league, but this will not be enough to appease Juventini, who have grown accustomed to domestic success over the past two seasons with Antonio Conte in charge.

    The Bianconeri's transfer policy will be geared towards helping the side become a Champions League contender, meaning they will look to target a high caliber of player or those with excellent potential who can eventually cut it on the European stage.

    Here are the latest transfer rumours and news surrounding the Old Lady.

    Updated 2nd December

Pogba Named the Golden Boy

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    Paul Pogba has been named the Golden Boy, a prize awarded to the best player under 21 years old in Europe.

    After players such as Mario Goetze, Isco and Mario Balotelli, Pogba will join a glittering cast of former winners.

    The 20-year-old gave his reaction to Tutto Sport (via Football Italia), "I’m flattered and proud to receive this prestigious trophy."

    Such an accomplishment may give Pogba and his agent Mino Raiola an upper hand when they discuss a new deal over the coming months, with the France international's performances hurrying the Old Lady into negotiations.

Juve to Fight Inter for PSG's Lucas Moura

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    Juventus could be set to sign PSG's Lucas Moura if reports in Italy from Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport (via Football Italia) are to be believed.

    The Bianconeri would face stiff competition from Inter, who would be favourite to sign the Brazilian due to their willingness to agree to a loan deal.

    Juve would be opposed to such a deal given that Lucas is cup-tied and therefore could not enhance their opportunity to win the Champions League.

    Such a player does suggest that Conte is looking to sign a more attacking wide player to give the option of the 4-3-3 formation moving forward.

Ignazio Abate, Milan

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    Juventus could be ready to move for one of their rival's better players in Milan's Ignazio Abate.

    The right-back could be of interest to the Bianconeri if Stephan Lichtsteiner's future is away from Turin.

    A rumoured €12 million price tag for the 27-year-old seems expensive, but expected for an Italian player of a rival team.

    Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Italia) report than Milan could be ready to cash in on a player that has a contract expiring in 18 months.

Roma Missed Chance to Sign Pogba

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    Reports are suggesting that Juventus are lucky enough to have Paul Pogba because another side, namely Roma, were offered the opportunity to sign the mercurial Frenchman.

    Retesport (via Football Italia) report that Roma were given the chance to sign the 20-year-old by his agent Mino Raiola.

    Having missed out on one of the most talented footballers of a generation, the Giallorossi, despite their riches in midfield, must be regretting it considerably.

Vidal Contract Extension Imminent

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    Juventus are close to revealing the news that Arturo Vidal is to sign a contract extension (per ESPN).

    Vidal has been in sensational form in black and white ever since he signed from Bayer Leverkusen in 2011.

    After securing his status as one of the elite central midfielders in European football, it will be wonderful news to Juventini that the Chilean is almost ready to commit his long-term future to the club.

    General manager Giuseppe Marotta revealed to Sky (via ESPN) that the Old Lady are "down to the finer details" of a new deal.

    With Vidal at the heart of the team, it should enable Juventus consistently to be front runners for the Scudetto and become at least an outsider for the Champions League.

Juve Rocked by Pirlo Injury

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    Juventus have been rocked by the news that Andrea Pirlo will be sidelined for the remainder of the year with knee ligament damage (per Fox Sports).

    This could have ramifications on Juve's transfer policy in January—with their maestro sidelined until 2014, and a lack of certainty surrounding how long it will take for the player to return to his best, the Bianconeri could look to replace him with a purchase in the market.

    Despite a wealth of central midfield options, Juve do not possess a natural back-up for Pirlo, meaning Conte could be pushed into an additional recruitment.

Juventus to Sign Young Scot Gauld

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    Juventus appear to be ready to invest in one of Scotland's brightest young talents, Ryan Gauld.

    The Dundee United youngster is attracting interest from the Bianconeri, according to the Evening Express.

    Juve will face stiff competition for the 17-year-old, with the likes of Celtic, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool also thought to be keen.

    Having already represented Scotland under-21s, Gauld has scored five times in 24 league appearances, leading some to dub him the "baby Messi."