Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 24
In a tough week, Juventus won three difficult away fixtures to both ensure progression in the Europa League and secure an even greater grip on a third consecutive league title.
Drawn against Lyon in the quarter-final stage of the secondary continental competition, the Bianconeri also hold a 14-point lead at the top of Serie A.
Despite their dominance, it is difficult not to see changes being made to Antonio Conte’s squad this summer, and rumours surrounding prospective targets are never too far away.
Over the following pages, you’ll find all the latest news surrounding potential transfers La Madama might be involved in when the window reopens.
*UPDATED FRIDAY MARCH 28*
Paul Pogba Will Not Leave Juventus
Mino Raiola says Paul Pogba is not considering moving from Juventus, insisting the midfielder is happy with the Bianconeri and has no desire to move. With speculation linking him with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, his agent told TuttoSport (via FootballItalia);
Pogba is in a great moment in Turin. And there is not any kind of problem with Juventus. He is pleased with Juve, just as everyone at Juve is happy with Pogba. Paul still has a long contract in Turin until 2016. There is no rush, no urgency. Even so, for now, Pogba will not leave.
For now, he does not want to go away, then if one day a crazy offer arrived for him and for Juve, well, it would be assessed together. That is to say, a crazy bid from Real Madrid, rather than another top European club.
We will evaluate everything after the World Cup, in due course - any offers from other clubs, as well as any proposals for the renewal of the contract at Juventus. So, it is true that I am not dealing with anyone in Turin or elsewhere. Everything is postponed, Juventus knows this but I repeat - there are no problems of any kind.”
Arturo Vidal Ignoring Spanish Interest
Arturo Vidal has once again stated his desire to stay at Juventus, insisting he wants to win the Champions League with the Italian giants.
The 26-year-old has been constantly linked with a move away from the club, with speculation mounting that both Barcelona and Real Madrid have identified him as a target this summer. But the player has insisted he will ignore those calls in an interview with FourFourTwo.
"I don't listen to the sirens in Spain, and my family is happy in Turin," he said (h/t Goal.com). "I've repeated it several times: I'm happy here.
"I'm staying at Juventus because president Andrea Agnelli has asked me for the Champions League."
Jeremy Menez Admires Juventus
Jeremy Menez has said he could return to Italy and admitted he has much respect for two-time champions Juventus. The former Roma winger is out of contract this summer has already revealed he will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the current campaign.
The 26-year-old spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport, telling them Laurent Blanc's decisions have confused him and speaking fondly of a number of Serie A sides. He said (via FootballItalia);
I’ve had a good time at PSG, especially on a personal level. I scored 21 goals, made 28 assists and also wore the captain’s armband. In the summer I had an operation on my back, and when I returned, the Coach had already decided who he liked.
I felt good in Rome when I was there, and in the future I could return to Italy. I know the language and the League, it would be easy for me to acclimatise. I really admire Juventus – they play a great style of football and are destined to win in Europe.
And then there’s Pogba, who is an extraordinary talent. We’ll see what happens. I look and see what interesting projects are out there. I’m not afraid of competition or having to start from scratch, because that’s what happened at PSG.
And of course there’s Fiorentina as well, with Daniele Prade who took me to Roma.
Fausto Rossi Not Closing Door to Juventus
Fausto Rossi has refused to rule out a return to parent club Juventus after impressing on loan at Real Valladolid. The 23-year-old has netted the winning goal over Barcelona and has really made an impression in Spain, making 22 starts as the club push for a European place.
His current deal came with an option to make the move permanent, but speaking to RAI Sport, the midfielder stated that his future is far from certain. He told them (h/t FootballItalia);
I don’t want to close any doors with regards to my future, I am happy at Valladolid and would like to stay with them, but at the moment I have a contract with Juventus and am here on loan with an option to buy.
I’d like to have the chance to prove my qualities and make life a bit difficult for the Juventus directors.
Juventus Scout Former Chelsea Defender
Juventus have spent recent weeks scouting in the Netherlands according to Gianluca Di Marzio. Writing on his own website, the Italian transfer expert stated that the Bianconeri were "looking at some promising young players."
He continued to say that a scout from La Madama attended PSV's meeting with Roda, looking closely at former Chelsea defender Jeffrey Bruma and striker Jurgen Locadia.
Fredy Guarin Agrees Inter Extension
Former Juventus target Fredy Guarin has signed a contract extension with Inter, the Milanese club announced on Monday. His new deal will run until June 2017, putting an end to speculation the Colombian is set to leave the Nerazzurri.
The club’s official website revealed that the 27-year-old had agreed terms on the three year contract despite the midfielder demanding a move in January. That followed the collapse of a proposed exchange with the Bianconeri which would have seen Mirko Vucinic move in the opposite direction.
That move was essentially blocked by a fan revolt, but Guarin could not have been happier with the end result, telling Inter Channel (h/t FootballItalia);
I am delighted, it’s a great dream that I am realising and I am happy that I am able to remain here with my teammates. I am happy to be here and to be able to celebrate it with my family.
Two years have already passed since I arrived here and so far it’s been a very positive experience. I hope I can enjoy playing for Inter even more in the future, today I added an extra three years to my contract.
Maybe I can celebrate it with a goal, it would be splendid for me and for the team.
Cavani Agent Rubbishes Pogba Exchange
Recent rumours of a possible exchange between Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have been rubbished by Claudio Anellucci, the agent of Edinson Cavani.
Reports in both Italy and France had linked the two clubs in a deal which would see the Bianconeri receive €30 million and the Uruguayan star for Paul Pogba.
It’s absolutely not the moment to talk about transfers, we are in the decisive part of the season, the big clubs are fighting for the big trophies at domestic and European levels.
PSG and Cavani are part of this footballing elite. An offer of €30m and Cavani for Pogba? There is no way on heaven or earth that will happen! Let’s talk about something serious.
Antoine Griezmann Not Thinking About the Future
Antoine Griezmann has refused to comment on where he will be playing next season, instead choosing to focus of current club Real Sociedad. The winger has been excellent this season, contributing 15 goals and three assists to help the club’s battle for a Europa League spot.
Where will I be celebrating my 24th birthday? I don’t really think about these things. The only fair thing to do will be to focus on the present.
My team at the moment is Real Sociedad and I feel good. I don’t feel like I have to leave to prove myself.