Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of May 19
With a new points record set thanks to their win over Cagliari on Sunday, another title-winning season has come to an end for Juventus. That is certain to see the transfer chatter surrounding the Serie A champions intensify, with a long list of names linked with moves to Turin this summer.
Over the following pages, you will find all the news surrounding the club this week, and it will be regularly updated during the next seven days.
*UPDATED SUNDAY MAY 25*
Roberto Mancini Recommends Didier Drogba
Roberto Mancini has given a strong endorsement of Didier Drogba as speculation the striker will move to Juventus. The Ivorian is out of contract with Galatasaray and is unlikely to renew his deal as he said earlier this week he wants to be at a Champions League club next term (per FootballItalia).
The Turkish side have not qualified for next season's competition, and his current coach believes the 36-year-old would be a great acquisition for the Bianconeri. Speaking in an interview with TuttoSport this weekend, Mancini said (h/t FootballItalia):
It would be a great signing if Juve were to get Drogba, I have coached Drogba this season and for me it has only been a pleasure to do it. He is a great champion. I can tell you I really have been surprised by Drogba. He is an extraordinary person.
He would be a great and important reinforcement for Juve, especially when you consider Juve want to give the Champions League a good go. Drogba can offer a lot from this point of view. In Italy he can too, but especially in Europe.
Patrice Evra Renews with Manchester United
After being strongly linked with Juventus (per FootballItalia), Patrice Evra has opted to renew his contract with Manchester United. His previous deal expired this summer but the French defender agreed a one-year extension to remain at Old Trafford according to a statement on the club's official website.
Sebastian Giovinco Interest "Not Surprising"
With only six starts this season, Sebastian Giovinco is a player who could be expendable for Juventus. The 27-year-old also has just over a year left on his current contract, leaving his future open to even more speculation.
His agent Andrea D'Amico is unsurprised by the number of big clubs interested in his client, telling the Calcionews24 website (h/t FootballItalia):
I am not surprised that Arsenal and Tottenham are being linked, considering the quality of Arsene Wenger's choices and the fine level of Tottenham's squad.
However, they are not the only clubs. Olympiacos, Monaco and Liverpool? There are many other teams, as Giovinco is appreciated everywhere.
However, there remains the distinct possibility he could remain with the Bianconeri, particularly given that he is a favourite of coach Antonio Conte. D' Amico continued, adding:
Before anything we'll talk to Juventus and then we'll see. At Juventus there are no other players with his characteristics. Clearly, he needs to play more consistently.
I know Antonio Conte wanted him at Juventus and always defended him against criticism, so represents a certainty in his sporting life.
Juventus Open Roberto Pereyra Talks
Udinese President Giampaolo Pozzo confirmed his club are speaking to Juventus over Roberto Pereyra. With the three-time champions seeking attacking reinforcements, it seems the 23-year-old is now an option.
“I cannot talk about real and proper negotiations," Pozzo told Sky Italia (h/t FootballItalia). "There have been some talks with the Bianconeri directors, nothing more.”
In a further development, Gianluca Di Marzio revealed more talks took place on Wednesday. The highly-respected journalist wrote on his own website that Udinese value the player at €14/€15 million.
Ciro immobile excited by Dortmund interest
Juventus youth product Ciro Immobile has publicly admitted his interest in moving to Borussia Dortmund. Top scorer in Serie A this term with 22 goals, the Torino striker has long been linked to the German club (per GianlucaDiMarzio.com).
The 24-year-old spoke at a press conference after training with the Italian national team on Wednesday, telling reporters (h/t FootballItalia):
I am ambitious and, after such a good season, it’s normal to be aiming very high. I admit that I want to test myself in the Champions League now.
Borussia Dortmund are a very important team and the idea of replacing Robert Lewandowski excites me very much.
Antonio Conte Has Final Say on Didier Drogba Move
Antonio Conte will ultimately decide whether Juventus follow through with their interest in Didier Drogba. The 36-year-old currently without a club after his contract with Galatasaray expired, making him an attractive proposition this summer.
The Bianconeri have come close to landing the striker in the past (as per FootballItalia) and are once again discussing a move for the former Chelsea star according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
Top Clubs Chase Stefano Sturaro
Having only made his first league start in January, Genoa midfielder Stefano Sturaro is already drawing the interest Serie A's biggest clubs. Following an impressive debut campaign, the 21-year-old is now being discussed by Juventus, Napoli and Roma according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
Writing on his own website, the Italian transfer expert believe the trio have been impressed by Sturaro, who registered a goal and two assists in his 16 appearances.
Fabio Quagliarella Close to Exit
Patrice Evra Had Medical with Juventus?
Reports in the Italian media insist that Patrice Evra underwent a medical with Juventus late last week, with only a month left on the player's contract with Manchester United.
Free to discuss terms with other clubs, Turin-based newspaper La Stampa (h/t Football Italia) report that the full-back was in the city on Friday and had the necessary tests with Bianconeri doctors.
Torino to Buy Ciro Immobile Outright?
With Ciro Immobile expected to join Borussia Dortmund, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio (h/t Football Italia), Torino president Urbano Cairo has made some surprising comments concerning the player.
The Granata chief insists it would be better for the 24-year-old, who is currently co-owned by Juventus, to remain with his current club.
Cairo told Radio DeeJay (h/t Football Italia):
It’d be better for Juventus, for Torino and for him, as he’d get the chance to play regularly. If he remained for another year at this level, it would raise his price-tag further and provide a profit for everyone.
If Juve said no and wanted to sell the player then ok, before talking to other clubs it’s right to see if Torino want to buy the other half of his contract.
Juventus Would Welcome Alexis Sanchez
Beppe Marotta says Juventus would welcome Alexis Sanchez to the club, continuing speculation that the Bianconeri will look to sign the Barcelona forward this summer.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia shortly before Juve's game with Cagliari kicked off, Marotta said (h/t GianlucaDiMarzio.com):
We are often linked to players. He is very good, anyone would want to have him. Even Juve would like to have a talent like him.
But he has a cost and the player’s will is important as well as those involved in the transfer.