Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 6
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 9
Juve Hold Talks with Spurs Regarding Lamela
Juventus have held talks with Tottenham regarding Erik Lamela and could be ready to offer players in exchange to push through a deal.
Gazzetta dello Sport (via Forza Italian Football) suggest Juve could offer Mirko Vucinic in part exchange.
Having struggled since his €30 million move to the Premier League, Lamela might jump at the opportunity to return to the league that made him into a star.
How much Spurs value Vucinic at is not known, but Lamela would be a sensational signing for the Old Lady, especially with their intentions to acquire players to help prepare the squad to be able to utilise a 4-3-3 formation.
At just 21 years old, Lamela's potential to blossom into a world class player remains, and if Juve can take advantage of Spurs' lack of patience, they may just strike gold.
Pirlo Agrees Contract Extension?
Andrea Pirlo may have already agreed a contract renewal for Juventus, that is according to reports in Italy (via Football Italia).
Pirlo was spotted at the club's HQ with the Bianconeri's president Andrea Agnelli and the word is that a two-year, €4 million-per-season deal is about to be signed.
With his current deal set to expire this summer and the Azzurri legend linked with a free transfer to Real Madrid, this is brilliant news for the Old Lady.
Agent of Mandzukic Denies Juve Contract
Mario Mandzukic's agent has moved to dampen reports that he is negotiating a move for his client to Juventus from Bayern Munich.
Ivan Cvjetkovic told Fantagazzetta (via Football Italia), "I have not had any meetings with the Juve directors."
This comes in light of Robert Lewandowski signing a pre-contract agreement with Bayern to join next summer, potentially leaving the Croatian surplus to requirements in Bavaria.
"He has a contract with Bayern for another two seasons, and he intends to honour that," Cvjetkovic added.
Asamoah Emphasises Desire to Remain Bianconero
Kwadwo Asamoah has spoken of his happiness in Turin and that he is keen to remain at Juventus for the foreseeable future.
The Ghanaian spoke to Goal.com (via Football Italia), stating, "it has never occurred to me to leave for another club."
Asamoah has been filling in on the left flank due to a lack of a natural option in this position, and while he is doing a solid job, it is an area that Juve could improve on.
Given his versatility and preference to play at centre-midfield, it would be foolish to sell such a valuable player, even if he is not part of the first XI plans for next season.
Juve Demand €10 Million for Sorensen
Juve have told Bologna that they would only consider selling Fredrik Sorensen for €10 million, amid interest from abroad to acquire the co-owned player.
Despite impressing at Bologna, a potential sale of the player would allow the relegation candidates a chance to strengthen elsewhere in their bid to avoid the drop.
But with Juve valuing their half of the player at €5 million, potential suitors might be put off.
Sacchi Wades in on Pogba's Future
Arrigo Sacchi has given his view on the future of Paul Pogba, stating that "if you are feeling well at a club, you should not leave," amid speculation that the Frenchman could leave Juventus.
Sacchi was talking to Tuttosport (via Football Italia) and pointed out that many players have switched clubs for "higher wages," but have then flopped with their new team.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi recently hinted that the French champions could move for the mercurial midfielder in the summer, telling Le Parisien (via FourFourTwo) that "maybe we will try for him next summer."
Pogba has ousted Claudio Marchisio from the starting line-up and now appears to be a pivotal figure in this side. Leaving could be a risk to his rapid progression with the Bianconeri.
Juve Will Have to Wait for Nani
Juventus will have to wait if they are to sign Manchester United's Nani, as the Portuguese international has picked up an injury and will be "out for a while," shelving any plans for a January move.
David Moyes confirmed the news to the club's official website (via Football Italia), meaning the Bianconeri must look elsewhere if they are to acquire a player to help them transform their formation to a 4-3-3.
Nani has struggled to make an impact lately with the Red Devils, and a move away could be just the tonic he needs to reignite his career.
If that club is to be Juve, then the move will now take place next summer at the earliest.
Vidal Has No Interest in Move to Manchester United
Arturo Vidal has reiterated his desire to remain with Juventus and has stated that he has no interest in joining Manchester United, after the Premier League champions were rumoured to be preparing a bid for the Chilean.
Vidal told La Stampa (via Forza Italian Football) that his future is in black and white, which will be a massive boost to the Bianconeri.
His form of late has been sensational, giving him a claim to be the most complete player in Europe, so Juve being able to keep his services for the foreseeable future will benefit them hugely.