For Juventus, winning the Serie A title for the 2019-2020 was not enough. The Old Lady was focused on the glamorous Champions League and this was the sole reason for bringing in one of the best footballers in the world in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo. Well, it didn’t work out and someone had to pay.
Out went Maurizio Sarri and in came Andrea Pirlo a four-time league title winner with the club as the new manager. This came soon after the UEFA Champions League last-16 defeat to Lyon.
But the overhaul isn’t over yet with reports that the Turin-based side is ready to loosen the purse strings to facilitate a revamp under Pirlo. For football bettors, these are interesting times as they predict who will land at the club. If you are interested in football betting, then head over to novibet.co.uk/sports.
The fact that the club chief Pavel Nedved is ready to spend despite the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic shows how desperate the management is to move the club ahead. So how could the Serie A champions line up at the beginning of 2020-2021 season? This post looks at some of the new players that might land at the Allianz Stadium next season.
What’s about to change at Juve?
To get an idea of how Juve’s line-up might look ahead of the new season, it’s important to look at some expected arrivals and notable departures.
Paulo Dybala Leaving?
For a long time, there has been speculation on Paulo Dybala and so resigned was the Argentine player to leave that he had recorded a goodbye video for the club’s fans. Despite being named the Serie A’s MVP for the 2019-20 campaign, it seems Dybala might be sold to balance the books or achieve some harmony in the dressing room.
Gonzalo Higuain’s future at Juventus is uncertain after new coach Andrea Pirlo told the Argentine he no longer featured in his plans. The player’s agent has confirmed the striker is leaving and this leaves a gap in Juve’s lineup.
More Players to be Offloaded?
There are reports that Pirlo wants to offload more players to create room for fresh talent. The names floated include Sami Khedira, Mattia De Sciglio, Douglas Costa, Alex Sandro, Daniele Rugani, Miralem Pjanic, and Aaron Ramsey.
With fans looking up to Pirlo to rejuvenate the club, it’s understandable that the calibre of players being touted to arrive is very high. It was Pirlo who once brought energy to sluggish Juventus to launch an incredibly successful era. With the boardroom support, here are some players Pirlo is expected to bring in:
Luis Suarez remains a lethal striking force but the new boss at Barcelona, Ronald Koeman, has told the Uruguayan he’s no longer needed. The striker is already in contact with Juve chief Pavel Nedved. The Uruguayan striker would join forces with old rival Cristiano Ronaldo. Many are the times Ronaldo locked horns with Suarez together with Lionel Messi and Neymar while playing for Real Madrid.
Hector Bellerin was said to be considering his future at Arsenal earlier this summer. Juventus and PSG have emerged as the top destinations. At one, talks were at an advanced stage with Juventus to sign the full-back. Before signing Mattia De Sciglio last summer, Juventus was reportedly interested in the Spaniard as depth at the full-back position. Could Bellerin become part of Pirlo’s project?
Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli has been linked with Juventus and he’s excited about it. He has already earned his first call up to the Italian national team after excelling for the Neroverdi last season.
Could Arturo Vidal return to Turin? He has already said he has a lot of affection for Juventus and having played with Pirlo, this would be a perfect match. Vidal enjoyed a successful spell in Turin winning 4 titles in 4 seasons.
Possible Juve Line-up
The transfer window is still open and there are still speculations over Moise Kean, Chelsea youngster Samuel Iling-Junior, Weston McKennie, Edin Dzeko and Houssem Aouar among other players.
With new players coming, there’s the possibility of a star-studded partnership between Ronaldo and Suarez upfront. With the defensive minded tradition at Juventus, Pirlo might opt for defensive-minded players.
But he might shake up this culture and opt for a more interesting attack formation featuring Chelsea’s former wonder-kid Samuel Iling-Junior with Ronaldo and Suarez. Pirlo has not yet indicated what approach he wants. Whatever he does, it’s obvious he won’t continue Sarri’s much-despised style.