Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of April 14
They are almost champions of Italy once more—that is not really surprising—but they could also win the Europa League at home. Benfica stand in the way of a good story.
So far, Juventus have played 47 matches. Fatigue is very real.
Manager Antonio Conte has done a good job rotating his squad, sometimes replacing four or five players for a match a few days later. He does not care about the criticism.
“It is certainly a stressful year both mentally and physically,” Conte told reporters (h/t Football Italia) on Sunday. “At the moment we are boosted by challenging for the Scudetto and Europa League, which must give us the strength to reach the end in the best way.”
But there are still some things to consider on the side. Juventus loaned a few of their own this past year, and they’re growing. Simone Zaza, on a co-ownership, scored an important goal for Sassuolo at the weekend as they fight for their Serie A lives, and Ciro Immobile, also on a co-ownership deal with rivals Torino, has scored more goals (19) than anyone else in the league.
Let’s look at some deals Juventus could make in the summer.
Ciro Immobile off to Germany?
Borussia Dortmund will lose Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich in the summer, and they have already agreed to sign the Colombian striker Adrian Ramos from Hertha Berlin as a replacement. But Jurgen Klopp asks so much of his players. They run well over 10 kilometres a game.
In may come Ciro Immobile. His agent told a German TV station (per ESPNFC) that Dortmund have scouted 24-year-old for "some time now, and of course he would like to join such a big club." The agent also mentioned that they have not submitted a formal proposal of any kind.
Immobile already plays a very open game for Torino. He has scored all of his goals from open play. No one goal is the same. He is elusive, a versatile goal-scorer, and he takes his chances. He plays best with a support system. With Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Dortmund have exactly that.
Is Didier Drogba the Answer?
Juventus already have six strikers available to them, and they will probably go for more in the summer. But Didier Drogba is an interesting choice.
A report from Sport Mediaset (h/t Football Italia) suggested on Saturday that the player’s agent had made the trip to Torino to discuss terms, possibly a one-year contract at around €4 million, with the option of a second season.
Maybe coach Conte wants someone with experience. Juventus scored just nine goals in their six games in the group stage this season.
Carlos Tevez has not found the net in European competition since April of 2009, back when he scored for Manchester United against Porto.
Marco Motta, Paolo De Ceglie to Stay at Genoa
Let’s look at the margins: Marco Motta and Paolo De Ceglie most probably have no future with Juventus. The club technically own them, but these two players have made a few starts for Genoa, who could make the moves permanent.
Il Secolo XIX put out a report, via tuttomercatoweb.com, suggesting that coach Gian Piero Gasperini may decide to keep Motta and De Ceglie, who have both played well for Genoa in the second half of the season. Juventus would hardly object.