If Antonio Conte’s Juventus wants to fly in Italy and Europe, it must earn its wings. Conte wants to add the 4-2-4 to the arsenal of formation options available to Juventus FC, as he stated as part of his “Viareggio Sport Gherardo Gioè” award reception on Monday, in an article that we featured on our website.
According to Turin’s newspaper La Stampa Juventus General Manager Giuseppe Marotta and Sporting Director Fabio Paratici are looking for adequate wingers. Juve has €20M available (excluding revenues from player transfers) that could be used to acquire either the Portuguese Luis Nani from Manchester United or the Columbian Juan Cuadrado from ACF Fiorentina, but are unlikely to move before next summer’s transfer window.
Juventus fans will recall a close call late last summer, with Paddy Power breaking the news about Nani’s transfer to Juventus as they had with Carlitos Tevez. The news, alas, was not as prophetic as the Tevez story: the Portuguese midfielder renewed his contract with United in the dying days of the transfer season.
The Cuadrado deal is more complicated as he is co-owned by ACF Fiorentina and Udinese Calcio. Juventus would have to leverage their strong relationship with Udinese in order to snap him up, while the relationship with the viola of Florence is still damaged from negotiations related to the missed acquisition of Dimitar Berbatov, and Marotta’s statements last summer on Jovetic transfer.