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Italy international Ogbonna was signed for 13 million euros from cross-town rivals Torino this past offseason. At 25, he is already an experienced international player, despite having only nine caps to his name. He made the Italian squads for both Euro 2012 and the 2013 Confederations Cup.
Juventus' purchase of him, as well as national team coach Cesare Prandelli's tendency to call up Ogbonna at a young age, shows that he is a player with great potential and an extremely bright future. Tapped to be the future of the defense for the Azzurri, the ex-Torino stalwart will likely succeed club-and-country teammate Andrea Barzagli with Juve and the national squad.
Italy has a penchant for churning out elite centre-backs. Whether it be legends such as Alessandro Nesta and Fabio Cannavaro or current world-class players such as Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, you can expect the Azzurri to be strong in the back.
Ogbonna looks to be the next in line in terms of succession, and if he lives up to his potential, 13 million euros will be a very small price to pay for a world-class player.
All in all, Juve paid around six million euros for Italian international Giaccherini, and while they sold him to English Premier League side Sunderland this past offseason, he was still a fantastic buy for Beppe Marotta.
Giaccherini served as a utility player for coach Antonio Conte, as he was able to slot into numerous positions in midfield and on the wings. This also propelled the former Cesena player into the national team set-up under Cesare Prandelli where he continues to play a similar role.
Conte's ability to use Giaccherini either behind the striker, out wide or in a more central attacking role was a great benefit to Juve as they used the current Sunderland player as a back-up for nearly every midfield/attacking position.