4 Players of Value That Juventus Can Survive Without
The Bianconeri are favourites to land a third title in as many seasons, and they are beginning to reshape the squad in an attempt to provide a different dynamic to enable them to stand a better chance of succeeding in the Champions League.
Juventus will have ample funds to splurge in the transfer window. However, some players will be highlighted as those that could be discarded and help to bolster the transfer kitty.
Here are four players that could be cut loose and the Bianconeri would not miss them.
Three are at the club currently, while the other is away on a loan deal but could provide significant income if sold once he returns.
Martin Caceres is an excellent player who is just entering the prime of his career.
His experience and versatility are huge assets for Juve.
The Uruguayan has amassed 55 caps for La Celeste and has proven regularly that he is equally adept at full-back—both sides—as he is as at centre-back.
Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli are cemented as starters in Conte's back three. Caceres is thus finding it tricky to obtain regular action on the pitch, particularly if Stephan Lichtsteiner is fit and taking the right-midfield spot. Caceres is rarely selected for that position, despite his obvious capability.
With Angelo Ogbonna also on the squad and newly signed last summer—combined with the added bonus that he is Italian—Caceres could be seen as dispensable.
At just 26 years old, he would make an excellent signing for almost any side in the last 16 of the Champions League.
With experience in both La Liga and Serie A, Caceres has also proven he is comfortable adapting to different styles of play.
His current contract still has over two years to run, meaning a significant transfer fee could be obtained.
Transfermarkt values the player at £7.9 million, which seems on the low side when closely analysing what he offers.
Given his added experience and improvement since arriving in Turin, the Old Lady could expect to receive a significant profit on the £7 million that was paid in 2012 to Sevilla.
Immediately, Mirko Vucinic appears to be a player that the Old Lady could cope without.
Vucinic has a reputation as a quality technician. And with such a vast experience at the top of European football, there would be plenty of takers for a player that has suffered since the arrival of Llorente and Tevez.
Vucinic's contract is expiring in the summer of 2015, meaning Juve have limited opportunities left to recoup some of the £13.2 million that they shed out in 2011 for the former Roma star.
The Montenegrin is valued at £19 million by Transfermarkt, which seems too high, especially when you consider that the player is already 30 years old.
However, something closer to half that sum is much more realistic and still a sizeable amount for a player they have not missed over the past few months while he has been injured.
Giovinco is in an unfortunate situation: He has yet to fulfill his potential, and time is running out for him to do so, at least at the top level.
After such a superb spell at Parma, the past two seasons have been a huge disappointment for Formica Atomica.
For the benefit of his career, a move away is inevitable. And while his value will have plunged since Juve paid £9.7 million to Parma to buy out his co-ownership in 2012, Giovinco is still a valuable asset.
Juve could expect to receive at least that figure now—with Transfermarkt valuing the player at an ambitious £16 million—for the full ownership of the player, which could be invested elsewhere.
Juve could cope easily without both Giovinco and Vucinic, especially with the possible arrivals of Domenico Berardi and Simone Zaza next summer, both of whom can play through the middle and act as excellent cover in addition to Quagliarella.
Lastly, Richmond Boakye is a player that Juve need to consider carefully when he returns from his loan spell with Elche.
The Ghanaian is a wonderful prospect at just 20 years old, and he's relishing his time in Spain's top flight.
With three goals to his name, including a goal against Real Madrid, Boakye is proving he is ready to contribute at this level on a regular basis.
It is still questionable, though, as to whether he will be able to reach the level necessary to succeed at Juve.
So, the Bianconeri may consider cashing in while he is still a prospect. Transfermarkt value him at £5.3 million, a sum that seems more than realistic. It could be a deal that benefits all parties.
Providing a buy-back or sell-on clause is inserted to protect their original investment in the Black Stars forward, Juve could move the youngster on.