Juventus have earned a reputation as masters in the transfer market in recent years. Their astute and clever business has reaped great rewards.
By : Ben Sutherland
The Serie A champions are again expected to be active in the summer and, just like other industries related to football, such as betting, tv and sports ware, they would have done in-depth research and will have done their homework readying themselves for the new season. Everyone wants to win and that is not always easy, but getting the right players is key to success.
Players are constantly linked with a move to Juventus and here are five who could be wearing the famous Old Lady shirt next season.
One of the hottest properties in Serie A this season, only Juventus’ Carlos Tevez and Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi have scored more goals than the 12 netted by the Palermo striker. Dybala has also weighed in with seven assists in Serie A and he has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League. Arsenal are reportedly leading the chase to sign him. But Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has previously stated he would prefer to sell to Juventus. The issue would be his reported £30million-plus transfer fee.
A long-term target for Juventus, the Turin giants reportedly tried to sign the Montenegrin from Manchester City in January. Jovetic is unhappy after being left out of City’s Champions League squad following the signing of Wilfried Bony and he will consider his future in the summer. Injuries have prevented Jovetic from making a sustained impact since his 2013 move from Fiorentina. However, he has still scored 11 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions, with only 18 of those coming from the start. Tevez has shown players can blossom after leaving the Etihad Stadium to join Juventus, while City could use Jovetic as a tool to persuade the Old Lady to sell Paul Pogba.
One of the more eye-catching names to reportedly attract Juventus’ interest after Palermo’s Franco Vazquez was deemed not worthy of the asking price. Juventus could fund a move for Oscar by selling Pogba and the Brazilian would fulfil the playmaking role which the club are keen to fill. Oscar has scored six goals and created seven in the Premier League this season. He has the attributes needed to be a success in Serie A. Chelsea are certainly not averse to selling high-profile players. FFP regulations also mean they will have to bring in a fair bit of money in the summer, if they want to make big-name signings of their own.
A player at the lesser known and cheaper end of the scale, the Manchester United youngster is being tipped to follow Pogba in leaving Old Trafford at the end of his contract. Pereira is concerned about first-team opportunities at United after making just one substitute appearance for the club so far. The Brazil Under 20 international midfielder has been linked with former club PSV Eindhoven but claims he has an offer from Juventus. Though not as highly rated as Pogba was when the France international left United, Pereira could still make a swift impact in the Juventus side.
The Belgium international is being mooted as Juventus’ No.1 choice to replace Pogba, if they cash in on the midfielder this summer. With Pogba expected to command a fee somewhere in the region of £70million, Juventus would easily be able to afford the approximate £30million needed to sign Witsel from Zenit St Petersburg. Witsel has long threatened to be one of Europe’s best players, but he has yet to take the chance of playing in one of the elite leagues after time in Belgium, Portugal and Russia. Excellent on the ball, Witsel has also been linked with Manchester United and you can easily see why he is being put forward as a Pogba replacement.