With Italy’s participation in the World Cup over, focus on the peninsula has shifted on to the transfer market, and nowhere is the spotlight brighter than with Juventus. The Serie A champions always garner huge attention, but their 2013-14 season has meant that the speculation surrounding them is perhaps greater than ever.
Failing in both the Champions League and the Europa League has increased the pressure on Antonio Conte’s men, and there is a growing sense that this summer could be key to their hopes for the future. Despite winning the last three league titles, their struggles in the elite competition have raised questions over the makeup of the current squad.
The general consensus appears to be that some variety is needed in attack, with a pacey wide player viewed as their most glaring need. Having a player able to run at or behind defences would open up a variety of options for the Bianconeri, allowing them to overcome the resolute opponents who have previously caused problems for the Turin giants.
Links to various players have surfaced, and on the following pages the five most likely names are ranked in terms of suitability and availability, counting down to the most suitable transfer target.