Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 7
With Italy crashing out of the World Cup, attention on the peninsula has begun to shift back to domestic matters, and the transfer market is once again at the forefront.
Nowhere is that more true than with Juventus.
The champions need to sign players who will help them make a leap in the Champions League.
Their biggest need is perhaps in attack. Juve are desperately in need of a forward who can provide the pace and incisiveness they need to improve.
Meanwhile, the more highly regarded members of the current Bianconeri squad are believed to be coveted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
On the following pages are the latest updates on transfer news concerning Juventus, constantly updated throughout the week.
*UPDATED THURSDAY JULY 10*
Alvaro Morata to Juventus on Monday
Outlets in both the Italian and Spanish media report that Alvaro Morata is inching ever closer to a move to Juventus. The Turin club have now, according to transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, agreed an €18 million fee with Real Madrid for striker.
Writing on his personal website, the journalist states his belief that the Bianconeri will spread the sum over four years, although the club’s have yet to agree terms on a potential buy-back clause.
Both that, and a stipulation preventing Juve from selling the 21-year-old to another La Liga side appear to be the only sticking points. Meanwhile, the newspaper Marca (h/t Football Italia) quote Morata as saying the switch makes him “very happy, as for me it’s about having a personal challenge.”
Manchester United to Sell Patrice Evra for €2.5m?
The latest report on Patrice Evra’s move from Manchester United has the French defender joining Juventus for a €2.5 million fee. The long-standing interest of the three-time Serie A champions has been widely reported, but now The Independent claims that figure has been agreed between the clubs.
The English newspaper states the player will cost the Bianconeri around €3.5m per season in addition to that initial outlay, while La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Football Italia) claims the figures are much less.
Italy’s famous pink paper cites a transfer fee of around €2m, and also believes Evra’s annual salary will be much lower.
Progress Slow for Juan Iturbe but Deal Close
An transfer from Hellas Verona remains some distance from complete, but Juventus are now convinced they can capture attacking midfielder Juan Iturbe. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Turin club’s Sporting Director Fabio Paratici met with the player’s agent in Milan on Wednesday.
Writing on his own website, the transfer expert states that Paratici and Pierpaolo Triulzi—who have already agreed terms of a potential contract—discussed Juve’s hope of closing the deal soon during their meeting.
Di Marzio also reports that he expects the transfer to be concluded sometime between Thursday (June 10) and Monday (June 14).
Alavro Morata Close to Juve
Alvaro Morata’s agent told reporters that the player is "closer to Juventus"’ after talks with Real Madrid on Monday. The 21-year-old seems to be available for transfer due to the wealth of attacking options at the Spanish club and the Bianconeri have long been linked to him.
After meeting with management at the Santiago Bernabeu, Juanma Lopez told AS (h/t Football Italia) that “Morata is closer to Juventus.”
Juventus Sign Kingsley Coman
Late on Monday, Juventus confirmed the signing of Kingsley Coman of Paris Saint-Germain, issuing a statement on the official club website. Revealing the 18-year-old had signed a five-year deal, the Bianconeri said the French midfielder is “predominantly right-footed, a technical and creative player blessed with extraordinary pace, long-range shooting ability and a unique vision to dictate the game.”
Having represented France at every youth level from Under-16 to Under-21, Coman made PS-G debut in February last year, and arrives on a free transfer after his contract there expired.
Arturo Vidal to Manchester United Links Rubbished
That has since been rubbished by an investigation from Sky Italia (h/t Football Italia), with Gianluca Di Marzio declaring on Monday that there was no truth to the story.
Juan Iturbe Move to Juventus Close to Complete?
Juventus are now reportedly close to reaching an agreement with Hellas Verona for Juan Iturbe, with La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Football Italia) insisting the difference in valuation is now only minor.
With meetings held between directors on each side, Monday’s edition of the pink sports daily believes the deal could be completed as early as Wednesday.
Having paid €15 million to sign the 21-year-old outright from Porto earlier this summer, according to FIFA.com, the Gialloblu will be looking to make a hefty profit on the Argentine starlet.
Torino Have Alternatives to Fabio Quagliarella
In recent weeks, Torino have been consistently linked with a move for Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella. The 31-year-old is out of favour with Antonio Conte, and his return to the club’s city rivals seemed all but certain last week.
However, their president attempted to slow that talk in an interview with Radio RAI over the weekend.
“He is a very good player, but we have other options too,” said Urbano Cairo, per Football Italia. “Perhaps we are missing the icing on the cake, but we have three or four interesting alternatives.”