Juventus Transfer Tracker: Bianconeri News and Rumours

Jack Alexandros Rathborn@@jackrathbornContributor IIIJune 17, 2013

Juventus Transfer Tracker: Bianconeri News and Rumours

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    Juventus are yet to make a big splash in the transfer window, despite previously agreeing to a contract with Fernando Llorente, who joins the Bianconeri on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao this summer.

    The Spaniard is supposedly not enough to bolster their attack though, and Juve's primary objective in the market appears to be another striker.

    A natural fit on the left side of the midfield might also be an area the Old Lady will strengthen, as Kwadwo Asamoah's best position remains at centre-midfield.

    The best young, Italian talent will always interest the Bianconeri too, with some fine players breaking through in Italy and shining under Devis Mangia's under-21 side at the European Championships in Israel.

    Keep on top of all the latest news and rumours with this tracker by revisiting frequently.

    Last update: June 22

Juventus Quell Talk of Marchisio Exit

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    Juventus have moved to end speculation that they are looking to sell their star midfielder Claudio Marchisio, according to calciomercatoweb (via Express).

    General director Giuseppe Marotta reiterated, "Juventus have never thought about selling Marchisio. Not now, not ever."

    Monaco and Manchester United have been linked with the Azzurri international recently, but with a contract that runs until 2016, the Old Lady are under no pressure to sell Il Principino.

    Antonio Conte has a dilemma to accomodate Paul Pogba into a stellar midfield next season, with Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo and Marchisio also sure to start.

    The idea was floated to sell the 27-year-old in order to raise funds to strengthen elsewhere and make an easy passage for their French starlet to start, but it now seems Juve would prefer to tackle the problem in another manner.

    Whether that is by altering the formation, or finding a new role for one of those players is yet to be decided, but it now seems sure that Marchisio will stay in Turin.

Juventus Buy Udinese's Half of Kwadwo Asamoah

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    Juventus have moved to buy the remaining 50% of Kwadwo Asamoah to end a co-ownership agreement with Udinese (per BBC).

    The Bianconeri have paid the Zebrette a further £7.8 million to buy the Ghaniain international outright.

    Asamoah enjoyed a good debut season for the Old Lady, adapting well to his new left-midfield role and the 24-year-old will hope to be back on top form next season after a dip in form after he returned from the African Nations Cup.

Juventus Remain Interested in Gonzalo Higuain

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    Reports surfaced earlier in the week that Arsenal had struck a deal with Real Madrid for their striker Gonzalo Higuain.

    However, Juventus remain in the hunt for the Argentine international and general director Giuseppe Marotta confirmed to Sky Sport Italia (via Sky Sports) that the Bianconeri still hold an interest in the player.

    Marotta clarified, "Higuain? I do not want to say anything because there is still so much time left for things to happen."

    Los Merengues are probably looking to off load Higuain, who has been disappointed in his treatment by the club after finding it tough to hold down a starting berth last season.

    Higuain would be the perfect striker to build Juve's attack around next season, with that predatory instinct inside the penalty area and intelligence off the ball to link with Fernando Llorente or Mirko Vucinic.

Juventus Turn Attention to Tevez as Higuain Talks Break Down

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    Juventus appear to have relaxed their efforts to bring Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain to Turin.

    The Bianconeri now seem set to focus on Pipita's fellow Argentine Carlos Tevez, according to The Independent.

    Talks have been ongoing between the Old Lady and Los Merengues regarding Higuain, but it seems as if the Italians are not prepared to budge on their valuation of the player. Real Madrid is demanding £25 million but the Serie A champions are not willing to go above £18.7 million.

    Arsenal appear to have stolen a march on Juventus in the race for Higuain, but the Bianconeri could yet sign a top class Argentine striker, with Tevez now the primary target.

    Juventus are wary of interest from rivals Milan though, and director Beppe Marotta has already publicly stated to Mediaset (via Football Italia) that they are not prepared to enter a "bidding war" for the City striker.

Azzurri International to Stay at Juventus

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    Italy international Emanuele Giaccherini has committed his future to Juventus.

    Having impressed with the Azzurri in a starting role, returning to the Bianconeri to sit on the bench might not appeal much to the 28-year-old.

    But the former Cesena star's agent, Furio Valcareggi, has revealed to calciomercato.it (via Football Italia) that the player's "future will definitely be in Turin."

    He was instrumental in the majority of Italy's work against Mexico and he was impressive in the last few games of the season with Juve. Giaccherini might yet push for a regular place in the starting lineup next season.

Juventus on the Trail of Sassuolo Starlet Berardi

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    Juventus appear to be closing in on one of Italy's finest young strikers.

    The Bianconeri are said to be tracking Sassuolo's 18-year-old forward Domenico Berardi after a fine season in Serie B, scoring 11 goals in 37 matches.

    The Neroverdi's sporting director Nereo Bonato has told Tuttosport (via Eurosport) that "Juventus are the side that are closest to him right now."

    Any eventual deal will likely see the youngster remain with the Serie A newcomers to further develop with regular game time, but such interest reveals the long term project in place at Juventus.