Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 4
With a raft of transfers already behind them, Juventus head off on their pre-season tour this week with much talk still surrounding their playing squad.
The team departed for Indonesia on Sunday, but there are still moves in and out of the club expected as Massimiliano Allegri prepares his new side for the forthcoming season.
The following pages include all the latest news surrounding the Bianconeri, updated regularly to bring you the freshest information on Turin’s grandest Old Lady.
*UPDATED FRIDAY AUGUST 8*
Sassuolo Enquire About Marco Storari
Sassuolo are busy searching for a goalkeeper, and it is being reported they have made enquires as to the availability of Juve’s Marco Storari. First choice stopper Gianluca Pegolo will be sidelined for around two months after fracturing his tibia (h/t Football Italia) and need a stop-gap replacement.
Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio has said the club reached out to Juventus to ask about Gigi Buffon’s understudy Storari, but noted on his own website that the reigning Serie A champions do not intend to sell the 37-year-old.
Mauricio Isla Loan to QPR Confirmed
The loan move of Mauricio Isla to Queens Park Rangers has been confirmed, with the London club agreeing a purchase price should they decide to make the move permanent. Speaking to their official website, the Chilean player revealed just how much he is looking forward to testing himself in England saying (h/t Football Italia):
I am very happy to be here – this is the start of an exciting new adventure for me, The QPR proposals is very interesting and one I am very excited about.
I hope this coming season is going to be great for both the club and myself. I will give 100 per cent in every game to help QPR in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, details revealed in a Juventus statement show that QPR have paid €1.2 million for the season-long loan, with the future price set at a further fee of €10m.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Want Juventus Return
Former Malmo coach Stefan Hansson has told TuttoSport that Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to return to Juventus. The striker left the Italian champions back in 2006 after they were relegated in the fallout of the Calciopoli scandal, having played in Turin for two seasons.
His career began with the Swedish club and Hansson says that the 32-year-old wants a second chance with the grand Old Lady of Italian football saying (h/t Football Italia):
Zlatan wants Juve, if not now, then next year. He said to me the other day, ‘it’s not a question of money’. He said that he wants to return to Juve.
Three Clubs Interested in Simone Pepe
Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that Simone Pepe has had a number of offers should the winger opt to leave Juventus this summer. Having missed the majority of the past two seasons with injury, the 30-year-old appears to be ready to return to action.
Frederik Sorensen to Leeds United?
Leeds United are reportedly in advanced talks with Juventus about the signing of Denmark defender Frederik Sorensen.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the English club are hopeful of finalising a deal for the 22-year-old Danish youth international in the coming days.
Arturo Vidal Has Never Asked to Leave Juventus
Beppe Marotta has ruled out a possible transfer for Arturo Vidal, stating that the midfielder has never shown an interest in leaving the Turin giants.
According to GianlucaDiMarzio.com, the director general said at a recent press conference: "He’s never been available on the market. The will of the player is crucial, he never expressed his desire to leave. Juventus is not a selling club."
The official Juventus website also confirmed Vidal will join them on their two-week summer tour of Asia and the Pacific region.
Mauricio Isla to QPR Confirmed
Juventus have confirmed that Mauricio Isla will be joining Queens Park Rangers, with further details yet to be confirmed.
Speaking at the press conference introducing new signing Romulo, Beppe Marotta admitted the Chilean would be moving to the London club in the near future.
"Tomorrow Isla will have his medical in England," the director general told reporters, according to Football Italia. "A deal has been reached with QPR."
Romulo Move Finally Official
Juventus announced at the weekend that they had officially signed Romulo on a season-long loan from Hellas Verona for a fee of €1 million.
In a brief statement on their official website, the Turin giants also revealed they had agreed an option to make the move permanent next summer for a further €6 million.
According to the report, that option will be automatically triggered if the versatile 27-year-old features in 60 per cent or more of Juve’s official fixtures in 2014-15.