Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of May 26
Antonio Conte has already agreed to stay with Juventus for the next season, and he most likely expects some kind of improvement. That means Europe.
Juventus broke several domestic records in Italy as they went on to win their third straight Scudetto, collecting 102 points on the way. But they failed to progress past the Champions League group stage in their second season back in the competition since Calciopoli.
Here is a look at some of the players Juventus have to consider.
Didier Drogba an Option Up Front
Didier Drogba is leaving Galatasaray—that much we know. Where he is going is a different question.
The obvious answer is Chelsea. Drogba wants to play in the Champions League once more, per the magazine Surface, via Forza Italian Football. At 36 years old, he may not have many chances left. He could reunite with Jose Mourinho. At least he knows Droba's age.
But Juventus could offer something more. Galatasaray's boss told Tuttosport, via the Daily Express, that Drogba would be a "great signing" for Juventus. Juventus could also sell Fernando Llorente after just a single season, facilitating other moves for players such as Alexis Sanchez while opening up a spot for Drogba.
Even if Drogba is too hard to get, Samuel Eto'o is available as well. A report in
La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia, suggests that the Cameroonian striker is a backup plan.
Alexis Sanchez the Prized Asset
Alexis Sanchez is the ideal signing for Juventus. But it is going to take a little bit of work.
According to the Spanish daily Sport, via Forza Italian Football, Barcelona have rejected an initial offer from Juventus for the 25-year-old Chilean winger. The bid was reportedly worth €15 million; Barcelona do not want to sell their player for anything less than €25 million.
Sanchez was one of Barcelona's bright spots in a gloomy season, scoring 21 goals in all competitions. He improved with time, and he even led the team in scoring in the early part of the season. However, he did not score at all in the Champions League.
Barcelona could even ask for Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba or Fernando Llorente—a high price to pay in addition to any other fee.
Dortmund Keep Chasing Ciro Immobile
It does not look like Ciro Immobile is going back to Juventus. Borussia Dortmund look like the most interested party.
Who knows? He could even stay with Torino.
Juventus and Torino co-own the player. After scoring 22 goals to become the top scorer in Serie A, Immobile could be outgrowing his current environment.
Immobile: "Dortmund offer Champions League football next year & that would be essential for my growth as a player." #BVB— Bundesliga Spotlight (@BundesligaSpot) May 21, 2014
At first, Immobile was hesitant. Back in April, he did not seem too keen to learn German. "It's difficult," he said, per journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
That hasn't stopped Dortmund. Manager Jurgen Klopp told Tuttosport, via Football Italia, "We will do everything we can to bring Immobile here. The forwards that I want cost more because they are the best around."
But there is nothing concrete yet. Torino president Urbano Cairo keeps rejecting advances from Dortmund. Their initial offer for the player was €16 million, according to GianlucaDiMarzio.com. Dortmund could raise that bid to €18 million, but even that isn't enough, apparently.
No other meetings are scheduled. The situation is standing still.
Gabbiadini, Berardi to Return?
Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta made sure his club had a fine stable of young players to raise, and they have gained experience elsewhere this past season.
Two of those colts are Manolo Gabbiadini and Domenico Berardi, who scored 24 goals between them in Serie A, and Juventus will reportedly bring one of them back.