Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 24
The past seven days have seen two more wins in Serie A and a comfortable victory over Trabzonspor in the Europa League, with the return leg still to come.
It is a busy time on the field, but the club is still preparing for the summer, taking time to look closely at potential targets whilst retaining most if not all of the players already in Turin.
On the following pages, you will find all the latest news on moves in and out of the club as that work continues.
*UPDATED THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27*
Dortmund Make Approach for Ciro Immobile
Torino striker Ciro Immobile has been approached by Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga side have made enquiries for the striker who is co-owned by Juventus and Torino.
That arrangement will be re-negotiated at the end of the season, but the German side are keen to bring him to the Westfalenstadion. The player's agent Marco Sommella spoke to Italian website FantaGazzetta (h/t FootballItalia) this week telling them;
“At the moment Borussia Dortmund have only approached us, but they did observe him several times. Borussia Dortmund’s interest shows how much the player has grown, as he was able to score 13 Serie A goals from open play this season.”
“In June we will decide what is the best option going forward. For the moment we can’t help but be grateful to Torino President Urbano Cairo for his faith in the player.”
Parma Open to Sebastian Giovinco Return
Tommaso Ghirardi says Parma would like sign Sebastian Giovinco from Juventus once again this summer. The striker is struggling for playing time this season, making just three league starts thus far for Antonio Conte.
The 27-year-old spent two seasons with the Ducali and, speaking to Rai Due, the club President admitted he would love to bring the player back to the Ennio Tardini. He told them (via FootballItalia);
“Yes, we have a wonderful memory of Giovinco. You have to recall what we received in selling him, whilst we had paid €4m he seemed an overrated player, €4m for half, which means a valuation of €8m.
“Could he return to Parma? Yes, sure, I can only say yes. It is clear that he is a very important player and I do not think that Juventus will release him easily, because they have also made an important economic effort to sign him back from us.
“He is a player who is amongst great champions. We can say that Giovinco does not play, but we cannot forget that those playing in his place include Tevez, Llorente, Osvaldo…champions.”
Marco Verratti Not Interested in Leaving Paris
Marco Verratti says he has no intention of leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer despite continued links to Juventus. The midfielder has been discussed as part of a swap deal that would see Paul Pogba move in the opposite direction.
“Next season I will still be in Paris,” the 21-year-old told L’Equipe this week (h/t FootballItalia). In France I am very happy. It does not depend only on me, but my intention is to stay.”
Andrea Pirlo to Re-Sign with Juventus
Andrea Pirlo says he has never spoken to Real Madrid while announcing a contract renewal with Juventus is almost complete. The midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and rumours linking him with the Spanish giants have been widely reported.
The 34-year-old told La Stampa (h/t Football Italia):
I just want to be a protagonist, as long as I feel up to it, which I hope is as long as possible. I’ve talked to Juve and we’ll meet up to define the details, but there are so many games at the moment, so it’s better to focus on them.
There are all the conditions needed for me to stay. Juve are growing and we can achieve great objectives. President Andrea Agnelli always left the door open for anything I needed, from day one, so I thank him.
Real Madrid? I never spoke to them. As always, I talk to Ancelotti, but not about football or transfers. Silvio Berlusconi also called me, but I won’t return to Milan.
Torino Suggest Extended Stay for Ciro Immobile
Urbano Cairo says he has suggested that Juventus leave Ciro Immobile with them for another season, believing both clubs and the striker will benefit. The 24-year-old is currently co-owned by the local rivals, who have the option of extending their agreement.
The striker has been in sensational form this season, netting 13 league goals.
Giampiero Ventura was convinced he could do well here and I have a proposal for Juve. They should leave him with Toro for another year.
It is a choice that will suit the lad, because he’s happy with us, and suits Juventus because another season like this will send his price-tag through the roof.
Fans Not to Blame for Collapse of Vucinic-Guarin Exchange?
Over the weekend, Inter's Piero Ausilio once again discussed the collapsed exchange of Mirko Vucinic and Fredy Guarin. The Nerazzurri were close to completing the deal in January but backed out at the last second.
Speaking to Radio Deejay, the Milanese club's technical director insisted their reversal was not influenced by supporters (h/t Football Italia):
The meeting with Juve did happen, there’s no point denying it, but it wasn’t concluded because there were elements that made us think it wasn’t a good idea. That had nothing to do with pressure from the fans.
The important thing to remember is that we hadn’t reached an economic agreement yet. Now we are happy to have Fredy, just as Juve are to have Vucinic.