Juventus Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 25
Only a week of the transfer window remains, but Europe’s biggest and best clubs continue to look for players to improve their teams. That is no different for Juventus, the reigning Serie A champions seemingly always ready to make a late purchase.
As director general Beppe Marotta recently told reporters (h/t Football Italia), the Bianconeri will wait to "see if any opportunities present themselves," before he went on to discuss what kind of player he was seeking.
"We still need a forward, a support striker in an area where we already have a lot of guarantees, but it won’t be a shock level profile."
Check back for all the latest transfer news and rumours concerning the Turin giants, updated daily.
*UPDATED FRIDAY AUGUST 29*
Bayern Munich Demand High Price for Xherdan Shaqiri
The agent of Xherdan Shaqiri has confirmed that both Juventus and Inter are attempting to sign his client, but warned that Bayern Munich won’t let him leave cheaply.
“There is interest from Inter, as well as from Juventus,” his brother and representative Erdin told RAI Sport (h/t Football Italia). “We would like a move to Serie A, but it’s tough because Bayern are asking for a loan with a very high option to buy.”
Parma Chasing Paolo De Ceglie
Parma have approached Juventus over the possibility of taking left-back Paolo De Ceglie on loan for the forthcoming season. The Ducali met with representatives of the Bianconeri on Wednesday evening, and the two clubs are close to an agreement according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
Writing on his own website, the transfer expert believes the Stadio Tardini outfit will pay €500,000 towards the player’s salary, with Juventus making up the difference.
Manchester United to Make Cautious Arturo Vidal Approach?
Manchester United are to finally make an approach for Arturo Vidal, but have expressed concern over the fitness of the Juventus star. The Chilean is slowly recovering from a knee injury sustained before the World Cup, and the English club are believed to be worried by the on-going problem.
A report by Ian Herbert of The Independent also claims that the Old Trafford side are willing to include Shinji Kagawa or Javier Hernandez as make-weights in any deal. He goes on to write that United view the "€40m (£32m) the Turin are side are likely to want seemingly unrealistic."
In contrast, the Italian press believe Juventus remain firmly against selling the player, and that he is happy to remain in Turin. Reports carried by Corriere dello Sport and Gianluca Di Marzio (h/t Football Italia) claim the Bianconeri have thus "closed the door" to any exit.
Arsene Wenger Rules out Lukas Podolski Exit
Arsene Wenger has ruled out the possibility of Lukas Podolski leaving Arsenal, the coach making clear that he will not consider any bid for the German International. The player is expected to feature in the club’s Champions League playoff against Besiktas at the Emirates, particularly after Olivier Giroud suffered an injury.
"Podolski is in the squad for Wednesday and will stay with us," Wenger told reporters (h/t BBC Sport), ruling out the possibility of a move to Juventus.
Angelo Ogbonna Valued at €15 Million
Juventus have stated that Angelo Ogbonna will not be allowed to leave the club for less than €15 million according to Fabio Paratici. After the defender was linked to Sevilla, the club’s sporting director is quoted by Spanish newspaper Estadio Deportivo as saying (h/t Football Italia):
We never thought of letting Ogbonna go on loan, nor did we consider the possibility of losing him. If someone wants him, they have to make us a formal offer worth €15m.
He has a contract until 2018 and will not be sold for less than €15m. Sevilla? They have never called us and we have not had any contact with them about this player.
Honved Offer Alessandro Del Piero Their Historic Number 10 Shirt
Alessandro Del Piero has been offered the historic number 10 shirt of Honved, as the Hungarian club press hard to sign the iconic former Juventus captain. Worn by Ferenc Puskas, the shirt was retired, but Fabio Cordella insists it would be brought back for the 39-year-old free agent.
After leaving Sydney FC, Del Piero is open to offers and Honved are an interesting proposition following the signing of Tommaso Rocchi last week. Coached by former Bianconeri defender Pietro Vierchowod, there is a growing Italian presence at the club and the club are seemingly set to continue that trend.
Discussing Del Piero, sporting director Cordella told reporters (h/t ESPN):
The Hungarian population deserves him, because real football has been missing here for a few years. The State is helping, as there are at least seven or eight new stadiums and soon we'll start building our own too.
That shirt was retired many years ago, but President Hemingway would gladly bring it back for Del Piero and the Puskas family would also be honoured. We are trying for more Italians too, there is an interest for Fabiano Santacroce and I am on my way to Italy for other situations.
Mirko Vucinic Discusses Failed Move to Inter
Mirko Vucinic has complimented Juventus on their handling of his near exit to Inter in January, but criticised the manner in which the deal broke down. Having since moved on to UAE side Al Jazira, the striker was discussing the events in an interview with Sky Italia on Monday evening.
Having said goodbye to his Bianconeri team-mates last winter and headed for Milan in exchange for Fredy Guarin, Inter President Erick Thohir vetoed the deal at the last moment. Speaking about those events, Vucinic said (h/t Football Italia):
Let’s say that those hours were the biggest disappointment in Italian football for me. But, I have put it behind me and now I am looking forward.
Did that moment end my relationship with Juventus? No, I cannot say that, because in the end I think that Juventus behaved very well. Am I disappointed in Inter? Well…I’m not going to enter into the merits.
Hellas Verona Open Talks for Frederick Sorensen
Hellas Verona appear to have stepped up their pursuit of young Juventus defender Frederick Soresnsen, according to Gianluca Di Marzio. Writing on his own website, the respected journalist stated that the two clubs met on Monday evening to discuss a move for the 22-year-old.
The Italian transfer expert later reported that no agreement was reached, but that the Gialloblu remained hopeful of concluding the negotiation successfully.
Juventus and Milan Continue Falcao Chase
Reports this weekend suggest both AC Milan and Juventus are still in pursuit of Monaco forward Radamel Falcao, with both clubs eager to take the striker on loan.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Football Italia) believes that Monaco are open to such a move, hoping a spell away would help him recover from his knee injury and drive up his price next summer.
Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski Remains a Target
It is believed the Bianconeri will send a delegation to London on Monday to discuss the possibility with the Premier League side.
It has also been noted that Bundesliga side Wolfsburg are strongly pursuing the versatile 29-year-old attacker.
Shaqiri Wanted by Massimiliano Allegri?
Gianluca Di Marzio, who also notes the link to Podolski, adds that Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri would be the preferred choice of boss Massimiliano Allegri.
Writing on his own website, the respected journalist believes that the Swiss international would be an ideal choice for the coach’s tactical approach this season.
However, he adds that the German club would only sell the player outright, a move which may prove too expensive for the Bianconeri.
Mexico Coach Says Juventus Is Extraordinary for Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez is to be left out of the Mexico squad for their upcoming friendlies in order to decide his future, with the national team coach believing a move to Juventus would be good for the 26-year-old.
Speaking to Medio Tiempo (h/t ESPN), Miguel Herrera said that the current situation "is not good for him," but says he believes a move away from Manchester United could be in the striker's best interests:
When a coach doesn't want you, when you have your best experience, your best moment with them, and now the coach that wanted you is no longer there, it's time to move.
I think there are a lot of opportunities. They are not bad opportunities. If he goes to Juventus that would be an extraordinary team. Without a doubt, it would be a nice change for him. Hopefully he'll see more minutes.