Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of May 5
In any other year, Roma would have done the celebrating. They set a club record for points in a single season (85), and before yesterday they had the best defence in Serie A. They were just trailing greatness.
In 2014, Juventus have not even played all that well. They just kept winning the games, some important wins by a single goal. Juventus already broke their record for the most victories in a season in club history (30), and they could still reach 100 points. No team has ever done that.
The first of these three consecutive titles signalled to everyone that Juventus had returned, from the scandal, from mediocrity, from obscurity. It earned them respect.
The second confirmed they were among the elite in Europe.
But this third trophy, this one captured in stunning record-breaking fashion, proves that this Juventus team is one of the best in any generation in Italy. It is a dynasty. Juventus have not won like this in Serie A since the 1930s.
But the next target has to be Europe. That has yet to be conquered. Here are a few rumours and reports about the team’s present and future.
Arturo Vidal Set for Surgery
The Chilean midfielder played injured, and not just the once.
Vidal played vs Benfica after taking painkillers, however his knee is now swollen like a balloon & he can't take it anymore. #GdS— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) May 4, 2014
That seemed to worry his national team. They sent doctors to Turin to check on Arturo Vidal, per conmebol.com. The president of Chilean football said that Vidal needed “a good rest,” but Vidal has apparently decided to do more.
Reports from Sport Mediaset (h/t Football Italia) indicate that Vidal will undergo surgery on his knee to ensure he is ready for the World Cup. He told his team-mates that his season is over.
Looks like Vidal's season is over as he focuses on getting healthy for WC- he played in 46 matches scoring 18 goals for Juve (GdS)— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) May 4, 2014
Nani off to Italy?
Juventus have squeezed the best out of their cut-rate purchases, and maybe Nani could be the next one.
He topped the Premier League in assists after the 2010-11 season with 14, but he has struggled for playing time at United this year, starting just seven league games.
Mario Mandzukic a Solution Up Top?
It was painfully clear on Thursday evening that Juventus lack a striker that can bag the goals in Europe. Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente have 34 goals together in Serie A, but just three in Europe. Juventus failed to score against Benfica in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final, and they went out of the competition.
In comes Mario Mandzukic, according to calciomercato.com. The 27-year-old is the joint-leading scorer in the Bundesliga. He isn't a leading scorer in Europe—he had just three goals in 10 Champions League appearances this season. But he’s a deadly striker. He also shows the willingness to track back and run. He is the perfect player for manager Antonio Conte.
Manchester City Pondering a Swap
Paul Pogba is always fodder for rumours. He just can’t escape the reports. Here is another from the Daily Express (h/t calciomercato.com): Manchester City proposing to offer full-back Aleksandar Kolarov and striker Edin Dzeko for the French midfielder.
The Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has made it clear on several occasions that it is not the intention of the club to sell Pogba: