Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 10
With Juventus sitting so comfortably atop Serie A, discussion of their Champions League exit seems to be constantly at the forefront of the conversation. The differences in their two campaigns could not be more different, and many observers struggle to explain why.
While the changes needed to improve their displays in Europe's elite competition have already been explained here, it appears the transfer market this summer will be key for the Bianconeri. Much of that may be related to holding onto their current squad, but that does not stop the bountiful speculation.
Over the following pages are the latest news and stories surrounding the Turin giants.
*UPDATED THURSDAY MARCH 13*
Paul Pogba "Already at a Big Club"
Carlo Ancelotti has revealed his admiration for Paul Pogba, but says the player is already with one of European football's biggest clubs. The Juventus midfielder has been repeatedly linked with a move to Real Madrid, leaving the coach of the Spanish giants being answering questions about the 20-year-old.
“Would I bring him to Real? Why not?” Ancelotti said to RMC (via FootballItalia). “The Frenchman is a great player and has a bright future ahead of him. He is also one of the best young midfielders around at the moment.
“However, he is already at a big club in Juventus and he is doing great work there. We are talking about an almost complete midfielder.”
Fredy Guarin Says Collapse of Juventus Move Was Destiny
Fredy Guarin says the collapse of his move to Juventus was "destiny" and says he loves life in Milan. as talk of a new contract intensifies. The Colombian midfielder came close to playing in Turin after an exchange for Mirko Vucinic in January, only for Inter cancelled the deal.
Speaking in a lengthy interview with the Nerazzurri's in-house TV channel (h/t FootballItalia), the 27-year-old discussed that transfer, telling them;
It was a sign, of an important destiny. It was the second time that it happened. Even when I arrived at Inter, I had the opportunity to go to Turin and the fact that for a second time I am here, that is something important.
What has happened has happened and is in the past. I have always been close to the fans, I feel the things that are done with their heart and I understand them. I love this city, my family is well and that’s what matters most, because I always have my head in football because that is my world.
Alexis Sanchez Says Arturo Vidal Would Be a Perfect Fit for Barcelona
Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez says Arturo Vidal would be an ideal signing for the Spanish club, hoping his countryman could join him at Camp Nou. Speaking to CalcioNews24 on Monday, he spoke highly of the Juventus midfielder, who has consistently stated his desire to remain in Turin.
“Arturo would be perfect for Barcelona,” said Sanchez (via Yahoo Sport). “He is the player that we need, he has great qualities and I would be extremely happy if he ended up here in Spain.”
Just last week, Vidal dismissed rumours linking him to the Catalan giants, calling them "ridiculous" in an interview last week. (h/t Goal.com)
Arjen Robben Reveal Juventus Interest
Arjen Robben turned down Juventus in 2012 the Dutch winger revealed in an interview on Tuesday. Speaking with La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Bayern Munich player was asked if he came close to joining the Turin giants. He replied;
No, not at the end, but it did not depend on Juve: I was happy at Bayern, as I am now, so this transfer did not happen. Juve are a fantastic club and if a club shows interest so important for you, is an honour.
I've been very clear with Juventus, I sent a text message to thank them and show that I appreciated their interest. I said I was honoured but I wanted to stay at Bayern.
They told me that the door would be left open for me. In the past there has been interest from Italian clubs - some very important - but in those moments I was very well where I was.
Paul Pogba 'Only Interested in Juventus'
Despite rumours of offers from Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, Paul Pogba and Juventus are "the perfect marriage" according to the player’s agent. Mino Raiola, who represents the French midfielder, also said that his client does not need a new contract and hoped other clubs do not distract the 20-year-old.
Speaking to Radio Deejay (h/t FootballItalia) this past weekend, Raiola said:
I do not see why there is talk of renewal; Paul already has a good contract. Until now, none of the other teams have contacted me and we are only interested in Juventus. Pogba and Juventus is a perfect marriage that is not finished yet.
Conte and Juventus are very important for Paul. He is a special boy, absolutely does not want to be distracted and wants to achieve his goals, which are winning the Scudetto and especially the Europa League in Turin.
Claudio Marchisio to Stay at Juventus 'For a Long Time'
After losing his first-team spot and intense speculation linking him with a move away from Turin, Claudio Marchisio has confirmed his intention to remain with his home-town club. The emergence of Paul Pogba had limited his playing time, but the Italy international is once again in the regular XI and told reporters he is happy to stay.
Speaking at a publicity event, the midfielder spoke on a number of topics, discussing his current contract—which expires in 2016—and the belief Antonio Conte has shown in him recently. “I want to stay here for a long time,” he said (via FourFourTwo), “but I am not thinking about the contract renewal, as I still have two years left.”
“What counts is having the faith of the club and the coach, which I always sense. I have often changed position on the field to avoid going on to the bench, because versatility and availability must be the priorities of every player.”
Alessio Cerci '50 Per Cent Sure' of Torino Stay
Italy International Alessio Cerci says he lacks nothing at Torino, but he is unsure if his future is with the Serie A side. The forward has been in sensational form this season, leading to links with Juventus, Roma and Inter after the World Cup.
With 11 goals and eight assists to his name, the 26-year-old also looked impressive in the Azzurri friendly with Spain last week, increasing the speculation that he will soon be moving on. The player seemed fully aware of his situation when speaking to Sky Italia, telling them (via FootballItalia):
I know that important opportunities could come along and I will need to be ready to consider them. I think that in football money is not the only thing that matters, the important thing is to feel good and at Torino I have everything.
Everyone here values me and I have met some fantastic people to work with. I would say I am 50 per cent sure I will stay. It’s a complicated subject, but it is flattering that teams like Juventus, Milan and Inter are following me.
I still don’t really know anything about the future.