Juventus 2011-2012 Season Transfers: Aquilani Out, Aguero and Modric In?
Juventus, a team that has always been about winning, has struggling in the past two seasons. Nine players were sold and 11 new ones joined the squad in the past year. And still they have failed to perform with enough consistency to secure a Champions League spot.They might even miss out on the Europa League.
Many have blamed the coach for the bad performances of the team but blaming him alone would not be fair. Some players have failed to perform at the top level during the season, leaving other teammates struggling to cover for their shortcomings.
One of the good things that the club did was to sign players on loan (with the option to buy), which allows them to evaluate a player's performance and decide whether to sign him or not.
The slideshow goes over which players should be sold or not signed on loan, and which players
would fit the squad well.
In the goalkeepers area, Juventus has three very good goalkeepers, Gianluigi Buffon, Marco Storari and Alex Manninger. This is the strongest goalkeeping staff any team has in Italy, and arguably in Europe.
Gianluigi Buffon, who has been voted World's Best Goal Keeper four times by IFFHS and has finished in the Top 10 on numerous occasions, is said to be one of the best in the football world.
Marco Storari generally performs very well every time he is on the pitch. In the recent Juve-Roma, he saved at least four goals greatly contributing to his team's victory.
Alex Manninger performed well in the Europa League but is not expected to stay, probably because he would start for many teams in the world and is the third goalkeeper at Juventus.
The center-backs, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonnuci and Andrea Barzagli, are good players and have all performed well. The youngster Sorensen, 19, has also been impressive and should be signed.
Rinaudo, who was signed originally as a cover for Chiellini and Bonnuci, has been the worst signing of the team. He played one game and then got injured for the rest of the season.
The main problem of the defence has been the full-backs. Paolo De Ceglie was doing great at left-back, but an unfortunate injury against Milan cost him the whole season. Fabio Grosso and Grygera get tired halfway through games and are too slow to deal with pacey wingers.
Motta has been awful and has cost the team games and lots of points with his inexperience and bad decision making. Armand Traore lacks defensive skills and is better as a wing-back.
Out: Motta, Grosso, Grygera, Rinaudo and traore
In: Andreas Beck, Vedran Corluka, Rolando and Gabriel Heinze (just to help De Ceglie for a season or two)
Alberto Aquilani has not been good enough to cost €16 million Euros. Claudio Marchisio, the next captain of Juventus, should be kept without a doubt.
Felipe Melo has dictated the midfield zone all season and, unless a very good offer comes for him, would do well to stay with Juve. Krasic will hopefully build on his good performance next season.
Pepe, who does not tire, would be a great backup on the bench.
Martinez is leaving according to Goal.com.
Giandonato has a great future ahead of him but needs to be loaned to another Serie A side to learn more, and Mohamed Sissoko should leave because he lacks the touch needed from a center midfielder.
Salihamidzic (with a pay-cut) could stay because he has great crosses and a neat touch.
Out: Aquilani(unless price goes down), Martinez, Sissoko and Giandonato
In: Michel Bastos / Eljero Elia, Luka Modric (If Aquilani is gone), Angelo Palombo / Nuri Sahin
Alex Del Piero is leading the team for another season.
After having good games during the season, Alessandro Matri, who scored eight goals, and Fabio Quagliarella, who scored nine, could benefit Juventus as part of the team.
LucaToni is good off the bench but his age interferes with his speed which is why it would be best if he didn't start. He would still remain a useful player to Juve, should he be kept.
Amauri, who scored two goals in 30 games, and Vincenzo Iaquinta, who score only four in 19, have not lived up to the standards of the Juventus and could be sold.
Libertazzi and Giannetti should both be sent on loans to other Serie A teams to get some games under their belts.
Out: Amauri, Iaquinta, Libertazzi and Giannetti
In: Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez, Javier Pastore or Giuseppe Rossi
Loaned out Players
Some of the players that should be brought back to the squad and not loaned out next season:
Luca Marrone, after a great season in Serie B with Sienna, plays as a defensive midfielder.
May also be loaned to a Serie A team next season.
Cristian Pasquato, has been the top scorer of Modena this season as a second striker.
May also be loaned to a Serie A team next season.
Luigi Del Neri
Despite all the blame that has been put on the coach, he should be given the chance to prove himself next season.
A team with 11 new players that have not played together and are suppose to play 4-4-2 with no left midfielder and no right-back that can at least cover for the lack of defensive ability from Krasic, is not expected to do good anyways.
With another season, Del Neri will hopefully prove that Juventus made the right decision to sign him.