Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of June 2

Anthony LopopoloFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2014

Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of June 2

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    Juventus cub president Andrea Agnelli says it could take at least three years just to catch up with the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, and the race starts this summer. 

    Juventus will have to perform quite a balancing act, deciding which players to keep, which to sell and which to buy. They simply have to mount a better challenge in Europe. They have not made the semi-finals of the Champions League since 2003. 

    Paul Pogba is constantly a rumour. Then there is Fernando Llorente, who scored 16 goals in Serie A this season, a player many Juventus fans admire but also a player who could bring in a bit of money.

    But money isn't really a problem. Agnelli says, per Football Italia, that the club expect to make €300 million over the next three seasons, excluding any UEFA prize money. What a new stadium can do.

    Let's take a look at the latest rumours.


Immobile off to Germany

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    We finally have a definitive answer for Ciro Immobile. As first reported in February by journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the 24-year-old forward will indeed complete his transfer to German club Borussia Dortmund today.

    For a long while, the move was not so sure. Immobile did not seem too keen to learn German. But this is about a lot more: Champions League competition.

    Juventus and Torino, who shared the player's rights on a co-ownership deal, will reportedly split the €19.4 million fee, according Agence France-Presse (h/t theScore.com).

    Torino president Urbano Cairo told Radio Anch’Io Lo Sport that Borussia Dortmund offered Immobile wages three times what he was making in Italy (around €800,000 per year). 

    "For us, it was an untenable figure," Cairo said (h/t Football Italia). "It is true that footballers earn so much."

Morata on Option for Juventus

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    Alvaro Morata is a Champions League winner, and he is only 21. He has not played as a starter for Real Madrid, 20 of his 23 appearances in La Liga coming off the bench.

    But maybe Juventus have seen enough. Morata was previously a target of Arsenal and Manchester United, as Jack Wilson reports in the Daily Star, but reports in Spain suggest that Juventus now look more likely to sign the Spanish international.

    Morata is out of contract at the end of next season, and Real Madrid are apparently considering a sale now. But they could ask for a buy-back clause in any potential deal. Juventus could even sign the player by the end of the month, according to Spanish daily AS (h/t Football Italia).

    Morata could join Juventus even if Fernando Llorente does not move. But Llorente is himself a potential signing for Valencia, according to claims from Spanish TV channel laSexta (h/t Football Italia).

Temptations for Arturo Vidal

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    Arturo Vidal scores like a striker and runs like a midfielder. He never stops. And neither do the rumours.

    Real Madrid may even want to get Vidal in return for Morata, according to Di Marzio. A few days earlier, Corriere dello Sport (h/t Luke Augustus in the Daily Mail) had claimed that Real Madrid were prepared to spend £41 million on Vidal. Tuttosport (h/t Football Italia) ran the numbers in euros: a solid €50 million.

    Real Madrid could offer Fabio Coentrao or Marcelo as counterweights, but their interest seems very real.

    Vidal scored 18 goals in all competitions for Juventus, while suffering some injuries in the latter part of the season.