Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 31

Anthony LopopoloFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2014

Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 31

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    Massimo Pinca

    The closer Juventus get to the title, the more we talk about the transfers they will make in the summer. They should try hardest to keep players, not buy them.

    Paul Pogba has an agent who trades players around the Continent like stocks, while Arturo Vidal, who keeps on saying he's happy in Turin (h/t Football Italia), attracts attention as the best player at his position.

    Forget the Scudetto. That’s a certainty, despite the loss to Napoli on the weekend. Juve will hope to find the right players to add to a squad which has struggled in Europe for several seasons.

    Here are a few more players on the radar.

Jeremy Menez on His Way Back to Italy?

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    Thibault Camus

    The Swiss press put out a report suggesting that Paris Saint-Germain winger Jeremy Menez has already agreed to join Juventus in the summer (h/t Football Italia). If true, it is not so surprising. French paper L'Equipe reported that he almost moved back to Italy over the winter (h/t Football Italia).

    “The years in Roma were important to me,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Goal.com). “I speak the language, I know the league. It would be easy to acclimatise.”

    Menez has played most games as a substitute for PSG this season. He was one of the first big signings made by the Qatari investment group that bought the club. But he underwent back surgery last summer and never regained his spot in the starting lineup.

    He also likes Monaco, the club former coach Claudio Ranieri manages. “With Ranieri, there is a mutual respect,” Menez told La Gazzetta dell Sport (h/t FourFourTwo). "Monaco is a great club and I like challenges, I am open to interesting projects, but the main thing for me is to be happy again on the pitch.”

Andrea Pirlo Set to Mentor Young Spaniard?

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    Massimo Pinca

    Andrea Pirlo has scored 10 goals off free-kicks and is the epitome of cool on the field. At 34, he is about to play in his final World Cup. But he seems sure of his future with Juventus.

    He told La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sky Sports) that he has not signed a contract yet. "There is absolutely no chance I won’t sign a new deal,” he said.

    Pirlo later told Sky Sport (h/t Football Italia) that he had considered opportunities to play abroad, perhaps at Real Madrid, but that he is fine in Turin. The Italian media believe that Pirlo will sign a two-year contract extension.

    Just in case, Juventus seem intent to find a replacement, if not for the next season. Ruben Pardo of Real Sociedad has three goals and seven assists in his first full season of La Liga action. Spanish site fichajes.net (via Football Italia) seem to believe that Pardo could cost €6 million.

    Pardo could serve an apprenticeship under Pirlo while the famed playmaker closes out his career with Juventus. The 21-year-old is also an alternative to Marco Verratti, who recently signed a contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain.

Antonio Candreva Back to Juve?

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    Paul White

    Several clubs have some degree of interest in Antonio Candreva, the reliable winger for Lazio, most of them outside Italy.

    He is worth around €9 million, according to Calciomercato.com (h/t Football Italia), but he is almost a shoo-in for the World Cup, so his price could rise. Football Italia suggests that Juventus may want to try again with the player they once had on loan for half a season.

    Right now, Udinese and Lazio own the 27-year-old. They will convene at the end of the season to determine his future and whether they will continue to share his rights.