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Decisive days ahead for Higuain, Gabigol and Pjaca

July 18, 2016 - 10:30 am

It could be a decisive week for Juventus as they search for a new striker from a list that includes Gonzalo Higuain, Marko Pjaca and Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa.

The Bianconeri have already made a number additions to the squad, the latest being on-loan Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia, who joins Dani Alves and Miralem Pjanic as part of Juve’s impressive summer mercato.

Next up, Juve are reportedly in the running for a striker to replace Alvaro Morata who opted to return to Real Madrid earlier this month – The most prominent name on the list is Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain who is rumoured to be looking for a new club, having confirmed through his agent that he won’t be signing a new deal with the Partenopei.

News broke last week that Juve were actively pursuing the striker, initially preparing a bid which included a number of players as part of the deal. After it was suggested that Napoli would be unlikely to accept any such deal, Sky Sport Italia revealed that Higuain’s release clause (set at €94m) could be paid over two years, something Juve were more than prepared to do in order to bring the striker to Turin.

Monday may prove decisive as Aurelio De Laurentiis is scheduled to meet with Beppe Marotta to discuss a transfer for Roberto Pereyra, however the meeting could be used to present an offer for Higuain. We can hope for an announcement from Marotta and/or De Laurentiis later this afternoon….

Juve are also expected to complete a deal for Croatian winger Marko Pjaca this week, having agreed terms with the player and a transfer fee of €22m with Dinamo Zagreb. RAI report this morning that the deal is complete and the payment will be spread over two years. Pjaca posted an emotional message to Dinamo fans last night, interpreted by some as a farewell, where he wrote: “There’s nothing better. Thank you all for what you gave me tonight, it was a moment I will remember forever.”

His agent all but confirmed the move in a  statement earlier this week, claiming “Pjaca is close to joining Juventus, but I cannot say anything more until he has actually signed. I think negotiations will be concluded next week.”

Last of all, Juve may still be in the hunt for talented Brazilian star Gabigol, despite interest from Barcelona and Chelsea. The player confirmed his departure from Santos yesterday, scoring in a 3-1 victory over Ponte Preta and declaring post-match: “I played as if it was my last game. Soon you will know something on my future.”

According to various outlets in Brazil, Juventus have made an offer of €20m and are expecting to get a final answer from Santos this week.


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  • thegutterpoet
    thegutterpoet July 18, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Our mercato thus far has been very solid indeed. Alves – whilst his character bothers me – remains first choice for Brazil and has been a major part of the one of the best teams in history. Pjanic is young, immensely focused and a major talent, taken from a direct rival for a fair price. Benatia knows the league and offers superb back-up for the defence which seems the finest of any league. Pjaca appears powerful, direct, brimming with flair and has pace; the price is right.

    Other than the departures which need to be forged into gold, our incoming moves have been top drawer. All that remains is to add a striker, yet what kind of striker? Pjaca seems to replace in some way Morata, yet unless Zaza leaves, we have two prima puntas. I remain often pondering that we will find ourselves with Morata or Alexis Sanchez. Likely the former. For if there is any truth to the Higuain rumours, we could pick up Alvaro for 20-30m less.

    Whether we have contacted Higuain or not, his position at our most obvious direct rival domestically has become ever more destabilised. We all saw what happened when he was banned…I retain zero eagerness or belief in his move to our colours. Whilst he would prove a solid addition, the money talked of and the Judas move, is too great a cost to bring in a striker who will raise our level, yet is 29. And the only concern I have is that we are prepared to plunder such gargantuan resources, which will come from the sale of Pogba.

    I am not horrified to consider Paul leaving, yet to reinvest the gold in Higuain seems too out of kilter with our status quo to place any credence in. I’d suggest much of that money would go for Gomes.

    Other than which…I am pleased to see Chelsea sign Kante, which places Matic’s spot in the side under direct threat. I am a great fan of the Matic! He could prove a herculean menace at the base of our midfield for a handful of years. Yet Conte is too wily a chap to let go a player who is often a machine, capable of dominating a midfield, who works damn hard always.

    Barbosa appears interesting, yet we have no form for signing for any significant amount, players with zero proven experience and success in Europe. For obvious reasons. Still…the clock is ticking and we need another striker, perhaps to battle with Dybala, for he has no obvious competition for his place, only his own fitness and suspensions.

    Finally, to get back to the home grown rules…

    We presently have Marchiso as our only home grown player who has spent the required time at Juve during his youth career. Three more must be included in the squad.

    GK Buffon, Neto
    CB Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini, Rugani, Benatia
    LB Sandro, Evra
    RB Lichsteiner, Alves
    CM Khedira, Pogba, Sturaro, Marchisio, Lemina, Hernanes, Pjanic, Asamoah
    SS Dybala, Pereyra
    LW Pjaca
    CF Mandzukic, Zaza

    24 players. 3 more home grown needed! Lemina, Hernanes, Pereyra, Zaza all possible departures. And so 20 if they all move on. Of the five to make up the squad of 25, 3 must be home grown players…Marrone and Mirante are options, the third? I am unsure. Which leaves two non home grown players we will add to the squad. Though to be honest, I am still to confirm whether players we own, who are loaned elsewhere, can constitute the home grown requirements, for perhaps Rugani counts?

    So much more chopping and changing of the guard. Yet what seems most clear is that we will sign a striker. Who this will be? I hope Morata. Or Sanchez.

    Regardless of how the mercato moves forward, we have clearly strengthened the squad. Which is all we can ask of Beppe, Fabio and Pavel, as the linchpins of the recruitment process.

    GK world class. Defence world class. Midfield, potentially world class. Up top??? Dybala is galactic class, yet the others, not so potent. This final piece of the puzzle could be the key to sewing the seeds of a return to the elite. And if so, we will have done so absent of the financial horrorshow of buy buy buy, and achieved this aim through extremely wily team building.

    I will continue to believe in Beppe and his cohorts…

    Forza Juve

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      Dar Black July 18, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      +1: No to Higuain. He is too old @ 29 to cost E94million. That’s insane for a player with only 4 peak years left in him as a striker. Add in the Napoli element and it just can’t happen…. Go back Beppe for Morata if Real will sell him (again).
      Matic would be the buy of the season – he adds a quiet world class quality that any of any of the top teams in Europe would want. Let us hope Conte lets him go!

      • thegutterpoet
        thegutterpoet July 19, 2016 at 10:23 am

        We are often of the same thoughts, DB. Matic would be immense. Allowing Pjanic to be deployed higher up the field, and Khedira and Pogba to attack with more zeal with their defensive duties lessened. We are missing now only an upgrade on the prima punta position and a pure DM/Regista. I still assume that Beppe and Fabio have a few aces up their sleeve, none of which are making the headlines. And I doubt Conte will let Matic leave, yet if the player wants regular first team football he might push for it, though why would Conte do us any favours?

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          Dar Black July 19, 2016 at 12:14 pm

          True, he probably won’t do us any favours now. But we can only hope that Matic doesn’t want to be a bench warmer. I don’t know Conte’s mindset towards Juve now, is there bad feeling from him? Hope not. No reason for anything directed from him toward the club.

          I hope for one more big signing, or two if Pogs goes. I have made my peace with the idea of that – but only if ge goes to Madrid. A swap deal of Morata and Kroos would be fine. Very impressed with Kroos from what I saw in Euros. Perhaps not as dynamic as Pogs, but he can ping a perfect ball across the pitch. Add in Matic and the world is at our feet….

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            Gerald Quinn July 19, 2016 at 7:12 pm

            same here but thats a Wet dream swap, Chelsea offered Madrid 65M for Morata and it was rejected, Madrid want 80M for morata, add 60M for kroos thats 140M ..Madrid thought that 120M from Manchester was way to overpriced and would break their wallet. plus Zidane already stated “Pogba is a good player i would love to have, but not necessary we are perfect in midfield without Pogba” (Paraphrasing) so yea, only suitors left are the Shitty Red
            Devils, whom i would hate if pogba where to return to them, after such mistreatment.

          • thegutterpoet
            thegutterpoet July 19, 2016 at 11:59 pm

            Mistreatment? They treated Pogba fine and dandy…Perhaps Man U were a little cunning in regards to Le Havre.

            Paul was progressing well, and Ferguson refused to break with tradition and adjust the celebrated, tried and tested rites of passage for youngsters progressing to the first XI. He was offered a sizable increase in pay (a pittance by the wages talked of now, but a fair amount for an 19 year old) and equally importantly a more serious opportunity to stake a claim for the first team of a top drawer side.

            I do not see any sign of maltreatment whatsoever from United, towards Pogba. He was ambitious, wanted to play and was offered a pay rise to move and play more.

            Raiola was his normal shifty self and is doing the same to us now with Kean…

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      Gerald Quinn July 18, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Man United the Red Bastards are also on the hunt for Matic…And i mean Strong hunt. If Man U cant sign Pogba they will go hard for Matic.

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      ADP#10 July 18, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Yes, I agree that our mercato has been stellar so far. We’ve got a world class RB, an excellent CB addition, the TQ that Max has wanted so badly, and another great attacking addition in Pjaca, who can play as a TQ or as a winger, which gives us added flexibility. Prior to the summer, we were linked with names such as Gotze and Isco, and I had never even heard of Pjaca. But with Isco being firmly off the market, and Gotze showing no ambition at all to become a great player, and I’m very happy we’ve settled for Pjaca, who was great during the Euros, and his price is relatively cheap by today’s standards.

      Now is the time to sell, and I feel that some of the players going on the ICC trip to Melbourne are only going to showcase their skills for the highest bidder. Hernanes must surely be moved on, and despite him being a decent player, he is not up to our level. I wouldn’t mind if Neto stayed at all, but if we can receive a fair sum for him then its probably in everyone’s best interest if he goes. Pereyra as well needs new suitors now that Napoli is uninterested. Zaza might be sold too for 25-30M.

      I feel like all of this needs to happen because we do not invest in a top top striker, and it wont be Morata. There’s no way he would be so dramatic about his departure to only come back within a month, and he feels like he is in his rightful home now. Sanchez would be a great addition, but Arsenal will not sell. Benzema as well seems to set stay put where he is. For me that only leaves one option, and that is Higuain.

      Contrarily to popular belief, Higuain is 28. Not 29, and his 30th birthday is not tomorrow. He won’t be 35 in 6 months either. He is a world class player who is at the top of his game right now, and would be more than a welcome addition to our squad in my opinion. He would be a more than suitable replacement for Morata, because he is a far better striker at the moment, and would take us to being into undoubtedly the top 4 best sides in the world, as all areas of our team would be world class. Obviously he would be a Judas if he leaves Napoli for us, but its not our fault we are the much more attractive option. Its as if a man leaves his wife for a younger and hotter woman (despite being called The Old Lady). Yes that man can be considered an asshole, but he has his reasons to depart, and its not the new woman’s fault if hes attracted to her.

      The main issue though is the price. 94M is far too steep for him, and it is only so high because of who we are buying from in the first place. I think 75M is completely fair though. His age is not an issue. We sold Zidane aged 29 (and he had actually passed his 29th birthday, not his 29th year) for a world record fee, and then bought two other 29 year old players for incredibly high fees in return. In today’s marker, 75M is the right price in my mind. According to reports coming out today, Marotta agrees with this and is not prepared to pay his buyout clause, but has not entirely ruled out negotiations yet.

      We can fund the move by selling Zaza and Pereyra, whether that be to Napoli or anyone. Neto and Hernanes should also be sold to the highest bidder. Apart from these 4, no one else should be sacrificed. Not Rugani, not Pogba, not anyone else. If we can’t satisfy Napoli’s demands without sacrificing our important players, then we should leave him alone and move on. If we offer 30-35M + Zaza + Pereyra and they refuse, then the negotiations should be over.

      I don’t see Pogba moving this summer at all, and I doubt we will go for Matic. He’s a top player, but our midfield is already bursting with talent. If there’s any area that isn’t fully world class its up top, and we may have to splurge a lot of cash to get it there.

      I am also not entirely sure about the homegrown status, but to be on the safe side I will put up a squad which I feel would be a 10/10 mercato for us.

      GK: Buffon, Mirante, Pinsoglio/Audero
      CB: BBC, Rugani, Benatia
      RWB: Dani Alves, Lichtsteiner
      LWB: Alex Sandro, Evra
      CDM/CM/CAM: Khedira, Sturaro, Lemina, Marchisio, Asamoah, Pogba, Pjanic, Pjaca
      ATT: Higuain, Dybala, Mandzukic, (4th choice striker Immobile? Matri?), Favilli/Clemenza

      Full 25-man squad with 4 homegrown players for sure. This team can take on the world.

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        Gerald Quinn July 19, 2016 at 1:00 am

        Lol youe woman analogy XD

        pjaca CAM and or LW/RW …isnt he more of an attcker? also didnt we sign Ikone and some Italian B legue player? so currently attack is: Dyabla – Mandzukic – Zaza – Ikone – Serie B dude???

        I read today that Beppe Pulled out of the race for Higuain … Arsenal is now closer to signing Higuain for 80M, Because Napoli no longer wishes to Negotiate with us, because well we are us. Thus our only credible transfer link in attack so far is Gabigol. And boii am i HAPPY and relieved about that, because 95M or 75M+ 3-4 players is insane!! even for Higuain and even if the players are just Hernanes, Pereyra and Zaza…Im not a huge Fan of all 3 (although i also dont really wish they leave), but we can get Much, much more out of them by selling them individually as oppose to 20M. Say maybe (Hernanes 10-15M), (Pereyra 10 – 15M), ( Zaza 25 – 35M even 40M) thats a potential of 45 – 65/70M coming in; rather than having all 4 players worth 20M (5M for Hernanes and pereyra and Zaza and Rugani (im guessing was their Valuation)) “75m + 4 Players (worth collective 20M) OR 95M” said the origional artical.

        PLUS: If Arsenal Pick up Higuain They may loosen up and let us Buy Alexis sanches, Not to mention i think we offered between 35M for Alexis Sanches the first time, I rather over pay for Sanches and have Juve offer 45M or 50M even 60M, or even overpay for Lukaku for 40-45/50M than stupidly Over pay 95M just for Higuain, and pay an Extra 15M just because our name Is Juventus (since to all other teams including Arsenal Higuain has a tag of 80M. Honestly even 80M is high for Higuain, i wouldent go over 75M, with no added players just the cash.

        Also i believe we can Get Abumeyang for 75M or 80M and he would be cheaper and a more Clinical/Younger/Much Faster option than Higuain

        Personally i think Matic is more quality than Both Khedira, and Marchisio, not to mention Staruro is Shit and Lemina is a work in progress. I rather we add Matic in case somone be it Pogba/Khedira/Pjanic/Marchisio get hurt, then we have a fucking wild beast of a man strong as herculies in center mid (Remember big teams have top quality “A” list players warming the bench as well to as on the pitch) The one i am oppose to buying is Mata, He is linked with us as well but he really would be a mistake.

        The way i see It there are only 2 More NECESSARY transfers:

        #1 Alexis Sanches and or Abumeyang

        (Even if we need to over pay it will still be cheaper than 95M/ 4 Players + 75M)

        #2 Mharez (WHOM is a FREE AGENT!!!!!) or Depay

        (To substitue Cuadrado, as i dont think Pjaca should be first choice)

        • thegutterpoet
          thegutterpoet July 19, 2016 at 10:17 am

          Ikone stayed with PSG. They were not going to get stung a la Coman!

          Zaza will not fetch 40m! you are insane, my friend! Yet I enjoy your dreams nonetheless…

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            Gerald Quinn July 19, 2016 at 7:01 pm

            lol idk i thought we could probably get away with it, sending him to a needy team like mid table premier league teams , and given his national team presence..maybe we can inflate the price???? lol its just a fantasy but yea 25/30M is the most realistic

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        VonKellef July 19, 2016 at 9:58 am

        I like that you have taken your time to write this post in a clever and thoughtful way.

        The Morata replacement is a tricky one. We all want top notch quality in the likes of Lewandowski. The problem is that quality is pricy and the clubs that those kind of players are currently representing isn’t all that keen on letting there players leave. Of all the rumors I have read about. The Gabigol one seems like the most likely one. To this day. Marotta & the guys still have some time left so it might be someone completely different. I just hope it doesn’t end up like last year with Hernanes.

        Also do you really think we need a 4th striker?
        I could agree if we played 4-3-3. But we only play with two players up front.

      • thegutterpoet
        thegutterpoet July 19, 2016 at 10:14 am

        Well thought out and sensible reportage, comrade…although I am not at all as convinced that Higuain will prove as potent at Juve as he has done this last season at Napoli. Still, I do agree that he would raise our level considerably. The price however, is far too high, even at 75m. We could easily get Sanchez for that money I suspect.

        Favilli is not our player, and Livorno want to keep him, or rather sell him for a decent price, one which we have not agreed to pay. He is with the U19s in Germany at present, though other sides are certainly eager. Clemenza will be retained, as he is still recovering from an ACL injury suffered during the viareggio tournament. Pinsoglio is heading to Latina FC with Pol Garcia. Audero may remain as 3rd choice…

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        Dar Black July 19, 2016 at 3:31 pm

        “His age is not an issue”

        Just my tuppence thoughts here ADP. But, his age is an issue – to management. Like cars, footballers value depreciates of course. You imagine the 4 year depreciation on a 29 (lets round his age up…) who costs anything from 75million euro’s upwards. That’s an enormous write-off after his contract ends (or the year before at 3 years into contract).

        He will at age 33 be nearly worthless relative to his initial signing fee. What would Juve get for him in 3 years time if they paid ‘just’ 75m now? Perhaps 10m, maybe nothing? Look at Robin Van Persie – sold at age 31 to a Turkish club for £3.84 million! So what would Higuain be worth? Can Juve really get 75 – 94million euro’s worth of value from him in 3-4 years. Can’t see it myself.

        No sane management team would countanence 20+ million amortization of that initial fee per season for 3 or so years with nothing much at the end to show for it. In fact of all the management teams in world football, Agnelli and co must surely be the very last to be so wasteful with hard earned money.

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      Papilaya(John)™★★★ July 19, 2016 at 6:36 am

      I never liked Alves, but that was mostly due to his face :p and held biased against him due to it, but im over that haha. Hes a definitely a high quality Rb. And what he does with the ball on his feet is class. I had the pleasure of watching him live against ecuador in copa america and it was a pleasure. He and Willian were rhe only bright spots of the match. His link play and touch will bring what licbsteiner cant provide on the right wing.

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        thegutterpoet July 19, 2016 at 10:08 am

        Agreed on his face causing some of the contempt, John…although his behaviour is also a bother, in the past of course, for he is cunning as his devil face suggests…still, I have come to embrace his presence in the squad, for even at his ripe old age, he remains assuredly one of the finest RBs on the planet, and we have another from that list in the ranks. As a footballer, he is pure class. I hope he can raise his level of dignity to match it.

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    Jas July 18, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Gabriel does not personally excite me, I think his price and skill is a bit inflated. As stated below, he has no experience in Europe and he didn’t exactly over perform during copa america. Pjaca is a great addition but Higguain isn’t coming folks. Napoli would probably boycott serie a before they sell him to Juventus. We’ve strengthen in just about every position with the strikers being a minus. However, given Pjaca’s skill level and the amount of money Beppe is paying for him I think he might achieve more than Moratta did. Might sound crazy but he brings different elements to the game.

    I read somewhere that Juve sold Lirola to RB leipzig for 4 million with an option to buy him back after two years for 6. I dont think we will sell Lemina, that would be so idiotic in my opinion. I hope zaza goes as we can use the some money to purchase Bernardo Silva. Sue he is a different player but with silva pjaca and dybala we can play 3-4-3 or 3-5-1-2.

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      ADP#10 July 18, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      Really is that true about Lirola? It would be an interesting move. Also I don’t know about signing Bernardo Silva, we are already investing a lot in youth. I would hope the striker that replaces Morata will be a proven goalscorer from a top league.

    • thegutterpoet
      thegutterpoet July 19, 2016 at 3:18 am

      Pol may be more likely heading to Sassuolo, in a move which is suits all parties perfectly. Considering that other than Kean, he is the brightest prospect of our young guns, it will be great to see playing in Serie A. Vrsaljko is heading out of the country, so space it made, whereas we have Lichsteiner and Alves. better the kid plays…Hectic youth sector mercato as always. Donis has moved to Nice on loan, with advice to keep well clear of any public events…Mehdi Leris has joined the primavera ranks, as recently mentioned in a youth report. And the U19 side have qualified for the knock-out stage of the U19 EUROS, with one win against the germs, and two draws against Austria and Portugal. Romagna continues as captain, with cassata appearing from the bench…Who will face England on Thursday.

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        Jas July 19, 2016 at 12:09 pm

        I am very excited about the Lirola move, seems like everyone is noticing his quality. I think he can get some minutes in this season, hoping he can play at least 10-15 games this season. You’re right, our RB’s are stacked but thats a temporary solution. Both Litch and Alves are really up there in ages and I think Pol is clearly the future. I dont think the Leris move is official or at least I can’t find anything on it. But I dont know how good Leris is? Where would you rate him?

        The reason I follow the primavera so closely is obviously because they are the future. It’s more so because I think when players are groomed at a younger age they are more willing to play for the jersey. They love and are loved back to monumental heights. Iconic standards are set by predecessors so I am hoping there is an ADP type of a character in of these fellows!! As far as I am concerned, this is the most talented group of youngsters we’ve ever had.

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    Gerald Quinn July 18, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Im Excited about Gabigol (so much talent and potential!) …For some reason i Thought Pjaca was already a done deal and in our ranks? anyways well he is a welcome signing; However both Pjaca and Gabigol would be average signings, Average in the way that they are not top choice, ovbious starters for their position. So they are good new blood but not necessary..well Gabigol is more necessary that Pjaca because Gabi can replace Mandzukic but.

    So we still Need a Morata Replacement and a Cuadrado Replacement

    I vote Alexis Sanches For Morata, and Mahrez for Cuadrado Those are the Signings we NEED.

    I was excited when i heard of us wanting to sign Higuain…But then i read he cost 4Plyrs + 75M or just a measly 95M and then all excitement was GONE!!! He is not worth that much and would be the stupidest thing Beppe and Gang could do. Again if we are spending that much, And doing so by potentially loosing Pogba in the process, We need an equally Marketable and World class star power player like : Lewandowski- Suarez – Muller, or Whatch our beloved team go down and our Revenue and interest from young Lads in our beloved team PLUMMIT!

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      Gerald Quinn July 18, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      I KNow People who Know about Juve and Like Juve for the sole reason of Pogba! For Me it was Buffon and Andrea Pirlo who Made me the Juve fan i am today. Lossing Pogba would be a marketable Nightmare and Regardless of if we sell or dont sell Pogba we need an equally Marketable player the Likes of Lewandowski or Muller or Suarez. Higuain no Longer has the big Marketing Power he once had

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        grazie padoin July 19, 2016 at 10:23 am

        muller is not that highly marketable and he is not a natural striker.

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        thegutterpoet July 20, 2016 at 10:10 am

        Nothing is more marketable than success and glory. We need champions, winners, warriors, not products. And whilst I am appreciative of the financial factors, on that score, we are doing very well indeed, more-so through sound investment and continued success on the field.

        My love for Juve was inspired by many moons ago and remains lo stile juve. The manner in which the club operates and the players pull together for a joint cause. There is something majestic and elevated, which is born of the collective, not the individual.

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          Gerald Quinn July 20, 2016 at 5:40 pm

          lol you hit the Nail on the Head, but i was reffering to the Sheeple, Yes to us hard core soccer fans Success and glory of winning trophies matter, but to the masses, all the new soccer fans (in the US and Canada), to all the fifa nerds, etc… They need, thirst for a player the likes of: Messi, Hazard, Ronaldo, Reus, Ozil, James, Lewandowski, Vidal, Sanches etc… The masses need that star player who can carry the whole team on its shoulder in time of dessperate need; For us pogba is that player, Khedira – Marchisio once had such star power but they no longer due, im safe to say Juve fans dont know where Khedira is today (unless they live in italy or are an admirer, Khedira has become like shurrle, Once a big market ploy, but today they are nobodies in the public spotlight, but they still have form. Normaly i dont care to satisfy the masses, but the thing now is that Those massess are the ones who would raise Juve’s popularity and bring in revenue (so we can later afford the wages of star players.

          Also one thing is for certain having these kinds of highly marketable players – leads to big club success in CL cups and such. For example we need a new striker Regardless of if Pogba stays or leaves, I dont care how hopeful you are, we arent winning the CL cup this coming year, with Dyabla – Mandzukic – Zaza up front. We need The likes of Alexis Sanches/Abumeyang, The likes of a player like Gabigol, and a new young prodigy striker to pair with Dyabla, and get rid of Zaza and Mandsukic ASAP; With Higuain we have a big chance of winning the CL cup with him up front, however he is a stupid nonsensical buy for the price

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      thegutterpoet July 19, 2016 at 10:05 am

      I think you are missing what has been an obvious gap in our call of honour, my friend, namely that we have had no pure trequartista for many moons. Tevez absorbed the role into his roaming routine, and Dybala has followed suit, yet they are strikers. Pjanic is a specialist and I believe you are misjudging his talents.

      The Serb is a huge upgrade on Pereyra, the only player in the squad whose best position is behind the front men. Hernanes has been an average replacement for Marchisio.

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      grazie padoin July 19, 2016 at 10:21 am

      No they both are great signings.We need world class potentials at bench.Those 4 players which higuain costs are average players e.g hernanes pereyra etc.

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    ho Hi July 19, 2016 at 4:22 am

    All we want is Sanchez. Dont we?

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      Gerald Quinn July 19, 2016 at 5:13 am

      you can say that again

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      grazie padoin July 19, 2016 at 10:30 am

      NO we need a definite and world class goal scorer.

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      Dar Black July 19, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      He can be very frustrating when he’s playing for Arsenal. He is not anywhere near as deadly as he should be taking into account how often Wengers team get the ball into the box (as they like to walk the ball into the goal). Memory recalls most of Sanchez’s goals in EPL come from him picking up the ball from outside box and scoring. So doesn’t that make him too similar to Dybala and not a direct replacement for Alvaro?

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        ho Hi July 19, 2016 at 2:32 pm

        I think youre right.
        I just read that BONUCCI will be depart to city.
        Can that really be true?

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          Dar Black July 19, 2016 at 3:14 pm

          Maybe, but I only believe it when the stories start to have real facts and substance to them. The english media is full of bullsh*t click bait every single day mate! I kid you not, almost ALL of Juve’s A squad has been transferred by our media from the 2015 mercato start to the present day!
          I think Leo will stay. He doesn’t seem the sort to have money at the centre of his life, and lets face it without having the same idiot agent as Pogs has got there has to be much less chance he will be ‘encouraged’ to leave.

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            ho Hi July 19, 2016 at 8:52 pm

            Bonucci is more important than Pogba. HE is everything in defence.

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          BelgianJuventino July 19, 2016 at 8:43 pm

          Thats news according to a UK newspaper. The best use for those papers is at the toilet.


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            ho Hi July 19, 2016 at 8:53 pm

            yeah I really need to learn that.

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      BelgianJuventino July 19, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      In my case, not really no. I wouldnt mind him at all, but neither am I waiting for him to come

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        ho Hi July 19, 2016 at 8:54 pm

        OK, but who we got, Dybala, Mandzu,Pjaca, Zaza (!!??!!),
        why not Bioty?

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          BelgianJuventino July 20, 2016 at 4:54 am

          You mean Bioty Kean? He’s just too young to make such a move. From youth team to Italian champions and CL pretenders, that’s too much at once 😛

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            ho Hi July 20, 2016 at 7:10 pm

            My belgian friend if Pogboom left us. Who to buy? Sissoko? Herrara? Gabigol?

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            BelgianJuventino July 20, 2016 at 8:27 pm

            I could be wrong but I think Sissoko said he wants to play in the PL. Herrera perhaps, though I am not familiar with him. Maybe calhanoglu? Gabigol or gabriel jesus? I dont know my friend.

            Perhaps just the rumoured 20mill for Matic and go crazy on a striker

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            ho Hi July 21, 2016 at 10:35 am

            Isnt Matic to old?
            I liked Sissoko in the final. But maybe pogba stays. No one knows something. Terrible.

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            BelgianJuventino July 21, 2016 at 1:38 pm

            As defensive midfielders go, I think they can last quite long, experience is important in their role. So I wouldnt say he is too old to chase after. He still has about 5years to offer I think, after which he might still be of a decent level, depending on how he ages.

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    Papilaya(John)™★★★ July 19, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Found a gem of a video on barzagli:

    I know ita just a clip, but its not like i havent seen him play. Hes the definition of underrated. Does everything superbly and is a genius of a defender. Would say one of the greatest minds of modern defending.

    Truly an example of what italian football is. As Pirlo says, “football is game played with the mind and the legs are just a tool”, and Barzagli is the perfect example of this. This is why italians can play until their mid 30s. They know the game is more than just a physical game

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      thegutterpoet July 19, 2016 at 11:44 am

      His mentality is exceptional, positioning sublime, and decision making galactic class. Agreed on how under-rated he has become despite the immense success we have forged, with his expertise, calm leadership, marshalling the back line. One of the best defenders I have ever seen in our colours or any colours.

      A worthy share, John.

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      elisadallomo July 19, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      He’s one of my favorite Juve players of all time, and in my opinion our best defender. Thank you for the video!

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    grazie padoin July 19, 2016 at 10:29 am

    I hope juve signs matic as pogba and pjanic are our only reliable midfielders.If matic is not possible than biglia is a good option.Underrated player.

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    thegutterpoet July 19, 2016 at 11:39 am

    First friendly…
    Juventus (3-5-2): Del Favero, Lemina, Marrone, Rugani; Lirola, Hernanes, Pjanic, Asamoah, Alex Sandro; Cerri, Dybala.

    Neto played for San Mauro! To give them a chance.

    It was Lirola at fault for the opener…and then…we scored 6. Asamoah, Pjanic, Dybala, Dybala, X, Dybala…Not sure on the X, may have been Padovan…who is off to Foggia after the Australian tour.

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      Dar Black July 19, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Are you heading off to the Melbourne matches GP?

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        thegutterpoet July 19, 2016 at 10:34 pm

        Solely the Melbourne Victory game, mate…Unsurprising but still a deflation of sorts, to find less than half the first XI included. My cousin has some sturdy connections to the club and always seems to find himself rubbing shoulders with the players and management when they visit as he has also sought them out elsewhere around the world. He invited me to a surprise dinner for some of the Juve crowd at his restaurant where he is owner/Executive Chef yet I am lacking a viable option to replace my paternal role to my beloved hellhound for the eve…too cruel for the little tyke to be alone all day then alone all evening. I may, however, head to peek at their training session tomorrow eve, yet will be at work until an hour after the open session begins. Might be worth a peek. The very least I will bring to the community is a report of the game itself.

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      grazie padoin July 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      pjanic dybala linkup is orgasmic.

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    thegutterpoet July 20, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Oscar, DB, is not your average hound. He has the outline and sense of entitlement of a french duke, immensely calculating beady eyes, a tendency to prance and gallop like a thoroughbred royal horse, an unseemly proclivity to rant and rage and threaten with imminent demise the thunder, police sirens, high winds, trains, planes and obese folk…tolerating as much as showing glimpses of deep fondness his own master, yet to others, solely attractive women earn his attentions, for to all others, but those aforementioned groups, he is dismissive. And those damn fangs, striking with the swiftness of a cobra when the snarl will not suffice. I suppose that it is fair to say, that the rotten apple rarely falls too far from the tree.

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      Dar Black July 20, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      Fair enough! Sounds a proud chap. No harm in that.