Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 30

Jack Alexandros Rathborn@@jackrathbornContributor IIIJanuary 1, 2014

Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 30

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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 January 3

De Ceglie and Motta Set for Juve Exit

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    Juve could be set to trim their squad this month with the departures of Paolo De Ceglie and Marco Motta, according to Football Italia.

    De Ceglie has been a little unfortunate in some ways, he offers balance to the side, being a natural left-sided player, with excellent delivery from deep, as well as a willingness to get to the line.

    Kwadwo Asamoah has a better capacity to change the run of a game with his explosive pace, and the Ghanian has always been preferred in this role due to the crowded competition at centre-midfield.

    So De Ceglie could be bound for Genoa, while Marco Motta could also be set for a move away.

    The right-midfielder is 3rd choice on the right at the very best and probably would not have remained a Juve player had there been more willingness from the player to find a move away before.

    Werder Bremen are rumoured to be interested in acquiring the former Bologna player's services.

Berardi Is "Not Ready" for Juventus

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    Domenico Berardi is "not ready" for Juventus yet, that is the view of his team mate, and captain, Francesco Magnanelli, who spoke to Sky Sport Italia (via Football Italia) about the young talent.

    With seven goals in 12 appearances for Sassuolo this season, talk has already begun as to whether the Bianconeri could do a deal to bring the player they co-own with the Serie A newcomers to the Juventus Stadium.

    "He has all of the potential necessary to do so, but he requires more time to improve and mature as a player," Magnanelli stated.

    With Antonio Conte's openness to trialling a 4-3-3, Berardi would be a nice fit next season if Juve require a wide player.

Giovinco's Agent Rubbishes Exit Rumours

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    Sebastian Giovinco's agent has moved to quell any talk of a move away from Juventus for his client, telling Tutto Juve (via Football Italia) that Formica Atomica "never considered leaving."

    Giovinco has been linked with moves to Torino, Parma, Inter and Genoa, but it seems as if he is happy to stay with the Bianconeri for the time being.

    Despite his agent being adamant his client will remain a Juventino, the lack of playing time must be a concern for the player, especially as he approaches his prime years as a professional.

    Giovinco turns 27 years old soon and it seems unlikely that Juve can be the club to help him replicate that stunning form he displayed for Parma several years ago.

Roma and Napoli in for Caceres

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    Martin Caceres is attracting interest from some of Serie A's biggest clubs, according to the player's agent, Daniel Fonseca.

    The Uruguayan has struggled to nail down a starting spot with Juve, but his quality is undeniable and Fonseca told Tutto Juve (via Football Italia) that "Roma, Napoli and other big clubs asked" about his client.

    Given the 26-year-old's versatility to play on either side as a full-back, as a centre-back, or even in a more advanced wide midfield role, it is no wonder that the former Barcelona player is in demand.

    A move in January appears unlikely, especially with the World Cup around the corner, but Caceres may look to move somewhere to gain more regular starts next season if he continues to be denied that opportunity in black and white.

"Perin Is Buffon's Heir"

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    Mattia Perin is "Buffon's heir," that is the view of legendary Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Dino Zoff, who was speaking to Corriere dello Sport (via Football Italia).

    Zoff maintained that Gigi is still the "best in the world" though, meaning that the Genoa stopper may have to wait some time before replacing the great man for Italy.

    Zoff also praised Andrea Consigli and Antonio Mirante, but leant towards Perin due to his age.

    Buffon, despite some shaky spells at the beginning of the season, has been excellent of late for Juve, proving that he is undisputed number one for the Azzurri for the foreseeable future.

Quagliarella to Lazio?

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    Fabio Quagliarella could be set to leave Turin for Rome in order to seek first-team football, according to Il Tempo (via Football Italia).

    The Bianconeri forward has fallen down the pecking order since the summer arrivals of Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez.

    Meanwhile, Lazio are ready to reshuffle their squad. Speculation suggests that Miroslav Klose and Sergio Floccari are destined to leave the Eternal City.

    Quagliarella could be the answer for new boss Edy Reja as he attempts to revitalise the Biancocelesti. 

United Set Nani Price

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    Manchester United seem to have finally given up on Nani and are willing to sell the Portuguese international for €22 million, according to the Sunday Mirror (via Football Italia).

    The 27-year-old has struggled to produce consistently for the Red Devils and has been linked to the Bianconeri for some time.

    At that price, Juve could be tempted to give a fresh opportunity to the former Sporting winger, who could help facilitate a transformation toward a 4-3-3 formation. 

Agent: De Bruyne Won't Join Juve

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    Kevin de Bruyne will not be heading to Juventus—not just yet, at least. The Belgian's agent, Patrick de Koster, spoke about his client's future to Tutto Juve (via Forza Italian Football).

    The 22-year-old has struggled to establish himself at Chelsea since returning from his loan move to Werder Bremen.

    "The player has a contract until 2017, it will be Chelsea who will make the final decision on his future," de Koster said.

    "Italy? Personally, I'm not sure that would be the best solution."

    Given his success in the Bundesliga, a move back to Germany appears more likely if his future lies away from London. 

Juve Target Parma's Biabiany

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    Juventus continue to target players who, in theory, can help facilitate their transition toward a 4-3-3 formation.

    The Bianconeri are looking at a co-ownership deal with Parma for French winger Jonathan Biabiany, according to Ansa (via Football Italia).

    The report suggests that the Old Lady will offer €4 million to push through the deal for the ex-Inter player.