Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 23

Jack Alexandros Rathborn@@jackrathbornContributor IIIDecember 24, 2013

Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 23

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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 toward helping the side become a Champions League contender, meaning they will look to target a high-caliber 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 December 29

Juve to Fight Barcelona for Ter Stegen

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    Juventus are looking to battle Barcelona for highly rated German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, according to Bild (via Football Italia).

    The Bianconeri could bid €12 million for the Borussia Monchengladbach stopper, and in doing so, would trump Barça and Arsenal for the 21-year-old's services.

    Gianluigi Buffon has been far from perfect, but it would be a surprise even if the Old Lady bought the Germany international, to see the Azzurri number one exit Turin.

Monaco Target Conte for Next Season

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    Antonio Conte refused to clarify his future this week when talking to Gazzetta dello Sport, and as such, has created much speculation as to whether he will remain in Turin, with Corriere dello Sport (via Football Italia) stating that Monaco could be interested in acquiring his services.

    The Bianconeri would then move for Italy manager Cesare Prandelli to fill the void, bringing to an end one of the most successful periods in the club's history with Conte at the helm.


Webb to Fly in to Officiate Juve Roma?

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    Howard Webb could be ready to officiate the biggest match of the season so far and potentially a pivotal clash for the scudetto between Juve and Roma.

    The fixture has always been marred by controversy from the officials and newspaper Il Tempo (via Football Italia) claim that the only solution to ensure the match is refereed fairly is to call for a foreign referee.

    With a vast amount of experience on the European stage in the Champions League, as well as plenty of occasions officiating in Italy, including Juve's massive group stage match with Real Madrid this season, it could be a good call to allow the football to do the talking.

De Ceglie Set for Exit

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    Paolo De Ceglie could be set to leave Juventus with Genoa interested in the left-sided player, according to Il Secolo XIX (via Football Italia).

    The 27-year-old is versatile in the sense that he can play at left-back or left-midfield, in a similar way to the outgoing Luca Antonelli, who has attracted interest from Napoli.

    Without the first team opportunities at Juventus, De Ceglie could be tempted to kickstart his career with a move to the Grifone.

Torino Enquire About Giovinco

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    Torino are considering a swoop for Juve's Sebastian Giovinco, according to Sky Italia's Ginaluca Di Marzio (via Football Italia).

    Formica Atomica has not been good enough since arriving back in Turin from a successful spell with Parma, and a move away appears inevitable in order to revitalise his career.

    The Granata will be unsuccessful if they are to propose a loan deal, but the Old Lady will be willing to negotiate a co-ownership deal or an outright sale if the bid is large enough.

    The 26-year-old is at the stage of his career where he really needs to be playing, especially given the previous success witnessed with the Gialloblu.

Juve Rival Milan for Nainggolan

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    Radja Nainggolan has drifted on to Juve's radar it seems, with the Belgian now a target.

    The Cagliari midfielder will join either Milan or Juventus, if president Massimo Cellino has anything to do about it.

    He stated to Corriere dello Sport (via Football Italia), "I want him to remain in Italy with Juventus or Milan."

    After several outstanding seasons in Sardinia, it is logical that the 25-year-old should take a step up, whether he is quite ready to succeed at a club like Juve is debatable, especially given the quality in his position.

Juve Ponder Swap Deal with United

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    Juventus appear to be considering a proposal to swap Mirko Vucinic for Manchester United's Nani, according to Tuttosport (via Forza Italian Football).

    With Fernando Llorente now firmly established as the partner for Carlos Tevez in Antonio Conte's 3-5-2 system, Vucinic's future in black and white looks rather bleak.

    The same could be said of Nani, who has seen his minutes on the pitch diminish since Adnan Januzaj emerged, with David Moyes keen on the reliable, hard-working Antonio Valencia, not to mention the sudden burst of form from Ashley Young.

    With the Portuguese international arriving in Turin, Conte could then begin to develop the side's familiarity with a 4-3-3 system, which would suit the 27-year-old most.

Tardelli Urges Juve to Make Signings

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    Former Juventus player Marco Tardelli has given his two cents on what it will take for Juventus to succeed in Europe.

    Speaking to Radio Sportiva (via Football Italia), the former Azzurri international believes it will take "two or three signings" for the Bianconeri to be able to compete in the Champions League.

    With Juve's failure to progress from the group stage this season, it could be argued that the Old Lady must replicate Tardelli's advice at least. 

Juve Eye Bayern's Mandzukic

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    Juventus are reported to be closely following Bayern's Mario Mandzukic and could make a move for the Croatian next summer, according to Tuttosport (via Forza Italian Football).

    The Bianconeri already possess strikers of superior calibre to Mandzukic, who has enjoyed great success at Bayern but is evidently a benefactor of a great side, which makes the rumoured €20 million price tag appear too dear.

    With Bayern seemingly awaiting the arrival of Robert Lewandowski, Mandzukic's future is set to be away from Bavaria, but a move to the Old Lady does not appear so likely when you consider his first-team action may not improve much at all.