Calling True or False on 3 Recent Juventus Transfer Rumours
As September ends and gives way to October, the talk about various clubs and their approach to the forthcoming transfer window grows continually louder, with sales and purchases increasingly discussed.
Indeed, thanks to Juventus' poor start to the 2015/16 campaign, there is a seemingly endless list of possible moves—both in and out of the club—being suggested on a daily basis to improve the Old Lady’s fortunes.
Of course, while coach Massimiliano Allegri and the current squad appear to have arrested their slump with wins over Sevilla and Bologna, there are some issues that will need to be addressed when January arrives.
What follows is a look at three recent rumoured transfers concerning Juventus, and a view on whether they are likely to prove true or false when the Bianconeri begin to conduct their business.
Interest in Lille’s Sofiane Boufal?
According to the Calciomercato website (h/t Football Italia), Juventus are targeting Lille’s Sofiane Boufal this January. They believe the Bianconeri have identified the creative midfielder as their new trequartista, and as such will seek to bring him to Turin in the coming months.
The 22-year-old Paris native has been unable to prevent the French side from struggling in Ligue 1 so far this season, meaning he is yet to make much of an impression following his move from Angers.
Indeed, that €3 million (£2.2 million) switch only took place in January this year, all of which makes it highly unlikely there is any truth to the story, which goes on to discuss a potential fee in the region of €7 million (£5.1 million).
The presence of Hernanes, Juan Cuadrado and Roberto Pereyra also mean the role is already well covered in the current squad.
The Potential Sale of Martin Caceres
Following an incident in Turin last month, Martin Caceres is one player who may leave Juventus during the January transfer window. The problem stems from the Uruguayan reportedly being caught over the alcohol limit when his Ferrari crashed into parked cars and a bus shelter, per Italian news agency ANSA.
The club, in turn, suspended him for his actions, a matter reported by their official website days later. That has led to speculation of an exit, with Fenerbahce thought to be leading the way in luring the 28-year-old defender away from the Bianconeri.
According to Tuttosport (h/t Forza Italian Football), the Turkish club are ready to offer Caceres a pay rise should he consider the move, and given both the off-field issue and his injury woes, this might be one rumour that becomes reality.
While the presence of Daniele Rugani means Massimiliano Allegri has plenty of cover in central defence, Juve may need a right-back before releasing the former Barcelona man, although it remains to be seen if Fenerbahce becomes his next club.
Verdict: True (although perhaps not to Fenerbahce)
A Permanent Move for Juan Cuadrado?
There is little doubt over the impact Juan Cuadrado has made at Juventus, adding an incisive edge to the attack whenever he takes to the field, creating chances for his team-mates and baffling opponents with his skill and speed.
It is therefore no surprise to see reports that the Bianconeri are looking to make his loan deal from Chelsea permanent, with Sportsmediaset (h/t Football Italia) believing the Italian club will look to open talks soon.
Cuadrado certainly has an admirer in Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri, who praised the 27-year-old following his performance in the club’s victory over Sevilla in the Champions League earlier this month.
“He has pace and great technique when taking men on," he told reporters after the game, per ESPN. “He is starting to realise when to pass the ball. If he learns the timing and when to set up his team-mates, he can become simply unstoppable.”
Given both that praise and Cuadrado’s excellent form, this is one story that is likely to be proven correct in the near future.