As noted by Sky Sports, there have been reports surfacing throughout the summer that suggest the Blues are braced for a bid from the Italian champions. But speaking with Quotidiano Sportivo (h/t talkSPORT) Marotta ruled out any move for Oscar or Real Madrid starlet Isco:
A trequartista? We are looking for a midfielder numerically, not with any specific qualities, but in the context of a very eclectic midfield which includes [Paul] Pogba, [Claudio] Marchisio, [Sami] Khedira and [Roberto Pereyra].
[Paulo] Dybala could play as a trequartista. Isco and Oscar are two players who aren't extraordinary, but they would add to Juventus. Unfortunately they aren't ours and we will never sign them.
You suspect the playmaker would have been tough to prise away from Chelsea’s grasp anyway. Although Oscar is often withdrawn for critical matches against powerful opposition, he provides an incisive edge to this Blues team that enables them to break down cohesive, defensively minded teams.
With Oscar set to stay, Bleacher Report’s Sam Tighe took a look at some other business the Blues might do in the latter stages of this transfer window:
The prospect of moving to Juve and becoming a key player may appeal to Oscar. After all, he’ll feel as though he has the quality to make an impression in the massive games, and playing for a team like Juventus would allow him those opportunities.
But we should expect big things from the Brazilian in 2015-16. Oscar missed the Copa America this summer to rest up ahead of the new season; as such, we should be treated to a player who is replenished and focused. Oscar's marriage of tenacity and talent will ensure Jose Mourinho carves out a much more significant role in the squad for him this time round.
Antoine Griezmann Going Nowhere
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has insisted he has heard nothing of any outside interest and is keen to stay at the Vicente Calderon for a while yet, despite apparently being admired by Chelsea and Bayern Munich.
The French international was sensational in his debut campaign for Diego Simeone’s side and seems nonplussed by the swirling speculation surrounding his future.
“Nothing from anyone reached me and I repeat that I only want to help the team,” he said, per AS (h/t David Wright of the Daily Express). "I only think about Atletico. I have just arrived at this club and I want to grow even more with Atletico. Therefore my thoughts are fixed here.”
As noted by Wright, the champions of England and Germany have apparently been keeping tabs on Griezmann.
Although Chelsea have plenty of attacking options, if the Blues were to land Griezmann, he would greatly enhance their offensive play. He’s blessed with searing pace and fundamental football intelligence, and he can operate in a variety of positions across the forward line.
The former Real Sociedad man also knows where the back of the net is, per WhoScored.com:
The blend of industry and intricacy Griezmann boasts would make him a perfect player for Mourinho’s Chelsea. For the sum of £28.5 million mentioned in Wright’s piece, the 24-year-old would be a major bargain too.
But he seems settled with Atleti and will be desperate to spearhead an assault on the La Liga title in 2015-16. Although Simeone’s side relinquished their championship last season, the club have made some savvy acquisitions to complement Griezmann et al. So expect them to go close on the domestic front and be challenging the likes of Chelsea for European glory too.