Juventus: 8 Players Rumored to Join the Old Lady
With another roller coaster of a season, since a Champions League qualification is hanging by a thread, Juventus and their management are about to heavily consider their transfer targets for the coming summer. Sadly, the club have officially admitted their current revenues are on loss and the club looks far from promising.
The aim of this post is to give the best prognoses of the rumored players Juventus should consider signing. Giuseppe Marotta, the sports director of Juventus, has made it clear that they are considering at least four world-class players for the next season to actually come to their rescue.
Additionally, there are numerous reasons that world class players consider before joining a club where besides income they are sure looking for an appearance in Europe's most prestigious competition Champions League, something that Juventus are lacking this year and seem to do so even the next one.
All in all, Juventus have too much on plate right now looking to struggle through this terrible moment the best way possible.
The French international and Arsenal full back is unsurprisingly the first on the list. He has been part of Juve's transfer targets for a long time now and despite claiming that 'he does not want to be part of Arsenal clear-out' a move to Italy is not too bad of an idea.
At the age of 25, Gael Clichy has so much to give, especially when it comes to Juventus. Obviously, the club's most glaring weaknesses are exposed. A squad that are lacking a decent right back since the time of the extra ordinary Lilian Thuram, are still not able to find a replacement.
Though initially right-footed, he primarily plays as a left back for Arsenal. Sure, he is also capable of playing as an offensive-minded wing-back, covering both right or left side. Described as a very fast winger, he is a player who possesses an unrivaled stamina that he uses to his advantage to be quick in the tackle and always trying to drive the team forward.
Should he consider a move in Turin, his career would smile at him, knowing that Juventus will definitely consider him as their best full back.
Michel Fernandes Bastos
Same as the previous case, the situation with Juve's left back is not any better. Since Gianluca Zambrotta's departure, the team are yet to find a capable full back to replace the less experienced Paolo de Ceglie.
Needless to say, at his stage of his career Michel Bastos is a perfect example of a typical player that the squad of Juventus demand. At the age of 27, the Brazil international has featured with seven different clubs, currently playing for Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1.
Described as a fast winger with an amazing technique and a powerful shot, Michel Bastos has been on the limelight in the recent years. He primarily plays as a winger capable of playing on either side of the field, often also used as a left back for his national team, respectively.
Reports are out claiming that Olympique Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is ready to sell Michel Bastos to Juventus, and its no secret that the Turin giants are reportedly chasing the experienced Brazil international wing-back.
Need I say more, his partnership with wing wizard Milos Krasic would provide the team with a high speed of play.
One can't argue a way out of this, Alberto Aquilani is a problem for Juventus.
The way I see it, Giuseppe Marotta will have a tough time dealing with his contract, in case they want to keep him in the squad. In fact, he is already a vital part of the club and I personally don't seem to come across a reason why Juventus should not make the deal permanent.
Alberto Aquilani is a central midfielder who actually prefers to play further up the pitch and is considered to be more of a dynamic attacking midfielder rather than a holding trequartista. While able to view the match from different angles his passes and crosses are so effective.
Fighting for a place in the team of Luigi Delneri, he sacrificed himself often with the role of a defensive midfielder, supporting the full backs. Not only has he proved himself very good at his original role for Juventus (even though rarely put at his original position), but it also took him little to get into the swing of playing as a back to back midfielder.
As noted above, Alberto Aquilani created problems to both Giuseppe Marotta and Luigi Delneri. The latter has no option but to play him, based on the performances he is showing. A formation that forced Claudio Marchisio to play as a left midfielder, is all Aquilani's 'fault,' although Marchisio has been just wonderful this year even as a left midfielder.
On the other hand, Giuseppe Marotta looks like he wants to make the deal permanent, but his high price as considered by Juventus, keeps blocking negotiations. However, the problem further increases as the player is constantly claiming that he doesn't want to part company with Juventus.
The agreement to make the loan deal permanent is believed to be at the price €16 million to be paid in three years.
Arguably, he is one of the best midfield maestro in the world. His contract runs out this summer and should Milan want to keep the playmaker at their home, they must offer a high salary contract to him as required by Andrea Pirlo himself.
Pirlo started his career as an offensive midfielder until coach Carlo Ancelotti has converted him to a deep lying playmaker role. His stats are no joke, which describe how accurate he is when on the pitch.
Pirlo is a record breaker as well. He managed to get 2,589 passes in a single season, 661 successful balls and 2,093 successful passes. This implies that he has an average of almost 90 passes per game.
Juventus are already focusing on Alberto Aquilani who is already part of the team, together with Claudio Marchisio and Felipe Melo, Juventus' midfield looks complete, however, Andrea Pirlo would probably mean that Alberto Aquilani has to make way for the World Cup winner to arrive.
It is already believed that Pirlo will leave AC Milan at the end of the season since his club have not offered him a new contract and Juventus have emerged as the most probable destination.
As I see it, Giuseppe Marotta will most likely take the option to get Pirlo on free rather than have to pay for Aquilani big money this summer.
However, the case with Pirlo won't be easy for Juventus. The only problem seems to be his wages, around €3.5m. But one thing is for sure though, either Aquilani or Pirlo will join the Turin giants.
All in all, Juventus have nothing to lose on both of them knowing that they are both excellent and when it comes to money, Alberto Aquilani might be more expensive, but Pirlo requires a better wage.
The Villareal striker, only 24, is exactly what the new Juventus management would like to have in their re-building team. Several strikers have been linked with Juventus, but lately Giuseppe Rossi is highly considered by Giuseppe Marotta.
He is a very complete forward, fast, good technique and very familiar with scoring goals, thus a move to Juventus would strengthen the team a lot. His current form says a lot, he has exceeded expectations this year having scored 15 goals in 27 games played.
During the January transfer market, the club of Juventus attempted to work out a loan deal with the player, but Villareal were not keen on such a move and thus the offer was rejected by the Spanish club. Tottenham Hotspur during the same transfer market offered 30 million euros for the Italian international.
The player himself is aware of the interest coming from the Old Lady and has not rejected a move away from Spain. However, there is no doubt that if Juventus decide to buy the player, he would cost them a lot but an investment on such a player is not a waste of money as it would benefit the team for a long term.
The French striker of Real Madrid is also rumored to join Juventus this summer. Several teams have expressed their interest in the former Lyon player and Juventus are also one of them. While Giuseppe Marotta continuously explores the perfect strikers, Karim Benzema is good enough to be named on the list.
In January, when Juve were heavily considering an investment on a striker, Karim Benzema seemed to be the right move, but the club were financially weak and a move for the Real Madrid striker stalled.
He is only 23 with a high promising future and has also contributed a lot for his team since the injury of Gonzalo Higuain. Benzema has 10 goals on 64 shots in his 26 games for the Madrid based club.
His statistics are not so good since he joined Real Madrid, which makes it easier for Juventus to negotiate on the player's rights they wish to redeem. As a young player, just like Giuseppe Rossi, he would also cost Juventus big money.
Most importantly, his move to Turin would mean that he will be a regular first-team player as long as he does not flop with his performances, considering the fact that both are in need of.
To sum up, his two years spent with Real Madrid have not been special at all, thus he could certainly prove himself better in another league where he would start on a regular basis for the club.
Neymar Da Silva Santos Júnior
We are talking of a 19-year-old and a teenager of only 60 kg in weight. Faster than ever, even when dribbling. Neymar's performances for Santos recently have drawn comparisons to Brazilian idols such as Robinho and Pele.
He is the top scorer of the South American Youth Championship 2011.
He was first approached by West Ham, but the Brazilian club rejected the offer. Neymar has also attracted interest from European clubs such as Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Internazionale, Chelsea and Juventus.
The talented Brazilian once himself said he did not think it was time to leave Santos, and that he was entirely focused on his current club, but also revealed that he would favour a move to Juventus.
The latter have expressed their interest to sign the Brazilian as long as the price tag is reasonable. So far there are no trusted rumors flowing around but Neymar is believed to leave Brazil sooner than later. Juventus are in big need of a forward that can provide to the team some kind of speed, and Neymar would possibly be the best choice.
Just like any other wonder-kid coming from the Americas, he is also expected to leave Santos for a big club in Europe. Whether it is Juventus or any other, it all remains to be seen, however, if he is clever enough to move to Juventus just like any other player discussed in this post, he will be indispensable to the club.
Often called as the savior of Juventus, the Milan youth product has been outstanding since joining Juventus this January. Yet he may be just new to the team, but the affection showed from the fans is incredible.
Alessandro Matri is the new hitman of Italian football. While at Cagliari, he was able to score a lot including rival teams and even against big giants such as Milan, Inter and Juventus.
Against the latter, Alessandro Matri scored twice this season and punished Juventus the previous season as well, both at home and in the away match, which resulted to the attraction of Juventus and the Italian national team.
He is a complete striker. Besides being familiar with scoring a lot of goals, there's much more to his abilities. He can hold on the ball perfectly, position himself well when on counter, hit with a good shot and definitely good in the air.
Juventus will not get a better striker even if they keep exploring for years. Alessandro Matri appears to be the best striker they have, since the second successful Fabio Qaugliarella injured himself and remained out for the rest of the season.
Thus, the dream for Juventus' fans remains to see both Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella paired up front.
There is no doubt if Juventus will sing him. He is considered a Juventus player and in my opinion Gisueppe Marotta is no fool to let him go back to Cagliari, or possibly a better team in Europe.
Alessandro Matri has a contract with Juventus until the end of the season. Should Juventus decide to sign him, they have to splash a total of €18 million.