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Marotta: ‘Juventus want top midfielder’

January 4, 2017

Juventus GM Beppe Marotta has confirmed the arrival of Mattia Calada while declaring Juventus are “looking for a top player” in midfield this summer.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Marotta confirmed that a top-class midfielder is the main objective for the Bianconeri in this summers transfer window.

“We’re happy with our squad in every department,” Marotta told the Italian paper.

“Compared to October we’ve bought Rincon and got Marchisio back, so two more players.

“In addition, we’re nearing completion for Caldara, so for signings we’ve already got two done.

“January is also used to work for the future, we’ll have some contact for players who aren’t available right now. We took Caldara because he suits our model, we’ve got great professionals in defence but they’re a bit older and we have to think of the future.

“We’ll let them [Atalanta] loan him for six months and probably next season too, because we’re good in defence, we have Benatia who we’ll probably sign outright.

“In midfield we have some interesting young Italians, and we’re looking for a top player in that role who will be available for next season.”

Marotta also addressed Max Allegri’s outburst following Juve’s defeat in the Supercoppa at the end of last year.

“I’ve seen a lot of other Coaches have angry outbursts after a game,” Marotta shrugged.

“I’d characterise it as an adrenaline outburst. We lost on penalties, I don’t see how you can reproach players who have given us so much satisfaction.

“We’re winter champions and we finished top of our Champions League group. Losing a game is understandable, it’s just because Juve are so used to winning that there’s such regret.”

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  • Marco Verratti would be a personal favourite for the midfield position…..but his agent confirmed Juve and Inter want him…..and given Inter are cash rich right now, i suspect he’d accept their offer over ours, even if he is a Juventino. My slight hope is that having some affection for the black and white might sway him in our favour…..still seems a long-shot though.

    Great news regarding Caldara and intelligent managment of the situation too – Knew we wanted him, bought at the right time, and he’ll be left to develop in a good setup where youth get time to play regularly. Funny regarding Gagliardini – Seems that was a smokescreen by Beppe and of course, Inter went in, paid over the odds and want to bring him to the club straight away 😉 that club make me chuckle – always sniffing after our scraps. Players go there, die a death, professionally speaking, then fight to leave.

    Thank Christ, Serie A returns this weekend – Rincon will debut too – daft, i know, but i am looking forward to seeing what El General can do in the midfield.

    Forza juve !

    • E.Micallef

      Verratti will join inter come on!!! we already spend 90 mln on Higuain and Morotta already said we have a richer limit to purchase.If we already spend 40 mln for dybala and 38 for pjanic. Manzu will prob leave this summer to your favorite china (joking) offerings if what we are told is true and his mutterings over substitutions. If dybala is signing a new contract there is no way the front two would not be higuain and dybala.Even if its 60mln if Juventus want to purchase Verratti it will be done. No way Verratti can choose Inter instead of Juve.

    • Dar Black

      I think we can outdo Inter in transfer fee’s. As far as I know this years 400+ mil euro financial results don’t even include the Pogba money, so there should be a big chunk of cash to spend. Higuain if I recall was not purchased upfront with money borrowed in lieu of Pogba’s sale.

      • we saved pretty well before splashing out. Beppe told the world we would have bough Higuain without Pogba money – he was basically saying fuck you to all the people that said he doesn’t spend….and rightly so. The guy is a wizard.

      • Fully agreee, mate…We had the money for Higuain, regardless of the Pogba sale. 120m ear-marked for Pjanic and Gonzalo. In the end it worked out that our spending pretty much equalled our revenue from sales, which leads me to believe that we are in at least a similar position (as in 100m+ to spend if we believe we have the right targets)…And who can say how far we will venture in the champions league, where there are many more millions on offer from the set TV deal and also the market pool.

    • Peter

      ” i suspect he’d accept their offer over ours, even if he is a Juventino.”

      I kind of thought being a Juventino rules out signing to Inter. Anyway, there’s nothing positive about Inter, why would he go there? Besides it’s not like he has to choose from these two. He could very well just stay for a couple more years. Sure they can give him a new contract at PSG.

  • Mikkel Andersen

    Verratti or Tolisso (or both) and a clone of Sandro =) Let go of one or two of Sturaro, Asamoah and Lemina.

    • Gerald Quinn

      i vote Sturaro out, and we keep Asamoah and Lemina

      • E.Micallef

        Asomoah is likely to leave when contract ends. I think he is too fragile nowadays. Lemina already some good offers in. If we pick a world class midfielder and Rincon is confirmed only Sturaro in my opinion will be confimed. Also with Bentacur in Manzu will leave making space for a good salary midfielder. Hernanes Lemina Asamoah will make space and Mandragora will be loaned out for another season with this midfield khedira marchisio pjanic rincon top mid sturaro his playing would be minimal. He will be the perfect substite for Marchisio or Khedira but until next World Cup that is not going to happen. Khedira will leave after the world cup for China as well. My personal opinion.

      • BelgianJuventino

        Pretty sure Asamoah is on his way out, unless he can show some great stuff when he’s back from Afcon.

        Has been out for too long and needs a lot of game time to shake it off, time he might not get at all at Juve

  • E.Micallef

    Everybody guess.I think Juve priority is Verratti. He would be perfect.

  • BelgianJuventino

    I am somewhat disappointed we missed out on Witsel. What kind of decision is it to go to China when you are aged 28years old..

    Not that he would be a world class signing, but he would have been a strong signing.

    On the topic of that top class midfielder, I guess Verratti tops the priority list. Would be great for me

    • Peter

      “What kind of decision is it to go to China when you are aged 28years old..”

      He’s going to earn about 4 times more annually, than he could have at Juve. I mean, I get the trophy hunt aspect, but €18m is €18m. And they’ve signed him for four years.

      • BelgianJuventino

        I know, I understand that part of the move. But he is an athlete and he just committed sportive suicide

        • Peter

          Yes, definitely. You are probably more upset because he’s playing for Belgium. I had to see the same thing with Dzsudzsák. He was so good at PSV, we all thought he’s going to be that kid who makes all of our dreams true, and becomes a star in a decent European club.

          Turned out he favours money and wrecking his sport cars over trophies. Best of luck to him. Too bad we have no better player for his post in the national team. Feels shit. Also, don’t be surprised when he moves to his long time favourite club in the Emirates instead of coming back to Europe.

          • BelgianJuventino

            Honestly, if I were Martinez right now I would be considering Witsels future for the Red Devils. He is going to a shit tier competition after all.

            I agree with what Klopp said, a player motivated by money lacks character.

            At least Dzsudzsak didnt snub Juve eh 😛

          • Peter

            Well, he was never on Juve’s level..

            I wouldn’t mind a fellow countryman in Juve though. Keep your eyes open for Nagy today! 😛

      • Dar Black

        Because 4.5m a year is so hard to live on! And he would have personal endorsement deals on top of that for even more £$€… Jesus how much does anybody need? I hope in his post football life when he looks at his bank balance he realises that the extra milions over what he would have had if he joined us have not made up for the empty / insignificant trophy cabinet that lies near empty in his mansion. Perhaps he can fill it instead with silver and gold coloured bank notes.

        • Peter

          I think this is a common misconception about rich people and their income. It’s not about what you need. It’s about what you can get. You are right, he will never starve with 4.5 million payment, but 18 and 4.5 is simply incomparable, it’s perfectly fine with me. If those Chinese are willing to pay so much, then go ahead, milk them. Only thing I hope is he knows what he’s doing with his money.

          Besides, he has already won cups, even if they aren’t “top 5” leagues. It can’t be that different experience winning the Russian league with Zenit than winning the Serie A with Juve.

          We can argue about whether it’s too early for a player at 27 to move there, but I can totally understand the reason. This is probably a never returning opportunity for him. He’s not some flashy midfielder like Pogba, he’s big, strong, and has a funny hair. Realistically he has about 5-8 years in his career, this is the gap where he can make the most money for himself and his family.

          • Dar Black

            Well nobody cares about the Russian league or cups Peter (outside of Russia of course), so he can take no comfort or bragging rights from that. Which means he has achieved nothing of note does it not? I hear what you say about the mentality of some people, but we should not make this easy for them. After all, what if all the best players thought this way and deserted Europe for the money? Then where would we be… We need to hope that most players have better values, or else our leagues will resemble a ghost town vista with lichen blowing down the street.

          • Peter

            I understand, and I agree with you, but on the other hand I can’t blame him for earning this much more money. It would be different if his current wages were closer to whatever he could have get at Juve, but sadly that’s just so much, it’s ridiculous.

          • Xx RForcE xX

            Witsel is just greedy fucker with no football ambitions, first he opted to join crap russian league for $$$ and now he joined even bigger shit for even more $$$ . Thats it, fuck him!

  • Gerald Quinn

    guys ive been reading all over english sites that Pjanic could be on his way to arsenal after a private talk with Wenger, anyone know anything? at first i thought it was a baseless gaffe, but now ive seen it like in 3 or 4 different sources,

    • BelgianJuventino

      Been reading this and similar stories too, I call it all bullshit. Pjanic to Arsenal, Allegri wants to build a dynasty at Arsenal, Dybala to Madrid and so on

      • Dar Black

        Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe is likely to succeed Wenger.

    • from sources in Italy it’s been called utter BS – no chance of it happening.

    • Dar Black

      Yes that joke was coming straight out of a xmas cracker! Tied in with Allegri becoming Arsenal manager next season. I’d say that unless we feel he has been a failure there is little chance of it happening. I can’t even see where he would fit in with Ozil and Sanchez. Arsenal need a world class 20+ goal striker, playmakers they are good for already.

  • I listened in to Radio VS tonight – they had some great transfer journalists on – some very reputable and reliable ones – you can read it all here: https://twitter.com/juvefcdotcom

    Dahoud, Tolisso are options for the summer
    Dybala to Real Madrid is horse shit
    Benatia will be redeemed
    Hernanes could go to Genoa
    A chance Berardi doesn;t join us at all….

    too much to list – have a read on the link above if you get time – i might put it into a post tomorrow

    • I like the idea of Tolisso or Dahoud, both young, hungry, have shown good promise. We will be loosening ourselves of Hernanes and surely also Asamoah, which frees up two spots. Also Hernanes, who will have very little chance to play now with Marchisio back and Rincon perfectly able to play in the regista role.

      No surprise on the Dybala rumours…I had not given them any notice. I find it hard to believe we will redeem Benatia, who has proven less than an obvious success…Also loosely interested in what will happenw ith Coman, who has fared poorly under Ancellotti. After openly stating how he expects to stay and was not going back to Juve (last season) I assume the same applies? But Benatia…I suspect we could better invest elsewhere. Why not bring Caldara in to learn from the veterans and begin to mesh with Rugani?

      Hernanes to Genoa has been long in the pipeline…and berardi? I have assumed we will never find him in black and white for a while now, its just a lingering interest in how that buying option is worked out. Do potential suitors need to deal with us? Can we purchase him outright and then sell him on? Not sure of the fine print.

      A lad I mentioned recently who we seem now quite serious in procuring (as are AC Milan, Chelsea and likely others) is 19 year old Riccardo Orsolini…Atalanta may be where we place him, if we sign him – or ‘help’ Atalanta sign him. Yet given the interest, I have delved a little and now see what the fuss is about…

      Very direct, quick feet and swift as a whippet…Could be an exciting signing. The money will be 3-5m.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk7unp3cNQM