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Juventus monitoring Mamadou Coulibaly and Patrik Schick

April 15, 2017 - 10:00 am

Juventus are keeping tabs on promising Serie A youngsters Mamadou Coulibaly and Patrik Schick.

Both players are reported to be of interest to Juventus, according to Turin based daily, Tuttosport. They suggest that Coulibaly is of particular interest to the Bianconeri, having been dubbed ‘The New Pogba’ by his agent following his impressive displays at Pescara this season.

The 18-year-old Senegalese midfielder has reportedly been scouted more than once by Juve’s Fabio Paratici who is convinced of the players obvious talents. It’s been suggested that Juventus will purchase the player and leave him on loan at Pescara in a deal similar to the one that secured Atalanta defender, Mattia Caldara.

Tuttosport also claim that Juve have overtaken Inter Milan in the race for Czech striker, Patrick Schick. The 21-year-old has been one of the highlights of Sampdoria’s season, featuring largely as a substitute, but still bagging 8 goals along the way. Chelsea, Inter and a host of other sides are reportedly lining up for the player, but Juve may beat them all to it.

The report suggests that Juve will activate the €25m buyout clause for the player, however he will remain at Sampdoria who will loan him back for a season, once again similar to the deal that Juve struck with Atalanta for Caldara.

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    E.Micallef April 15, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Fu.. you Muntari. Just a big fu.. you. Still the league wrapped up coppa italia for us to take lets concentrate on the champions league for we will be truly legends if we wrap up the season with the treble

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    Jas April 15, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Shick would be a wonderful addition, what he lacks in speed he makes up in technical ability. Big man, but very light on his feet, the movement is really impressive at such young age. Reminds of Edin Dzeko but with much better dribbling skills. He wouldn’t come cheap but around 15 million would probably do the the trick. We are a bit short handed in the striking department, Dybala is injury prone and Mandzukic has become more of a middfielder. This move probably won’t materialize but if it does I’d be very happy. The kid has double digits in the goal department, seems very promising especially the footwork.

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      Gerald Quinn April 16, 2017 at 9:18 am

      i rather get someone with more speed – Mbappe, Sturridge, Lacazzete, Werner, venturing away from serie A … You know someone who can keep up with Cuadrado and terrorize on the counter. in the dribbling department we seem to be ok we have Dybala, Pjaca and Orsolini, whom all have Pace, dribbling and finishing up top. Shick would be more of the same; Higuain is only going to get slower with age(not that he is very fast to begin with lol), and Mandzukic as you said is more of a midfielder now, so I think our next striker should be above everything (Strong, and expert at headers) like Mandzukic, if not fast. I’m thinking more along the lines of a Muller or a Mandzukic (but of course younger and Promising) you know the classic CF, just to have more variety for tactical battles.

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        Jas April 16, 2017 at 5:44 pm

        Speed isn’t everything, most strikers aren’t that fast anyway. It’s the way they move with the ball that makes them lethal. Messi isn’t the fastest player in the world, but the ball is literally glued to his feet. If you look at these videos Shick’s footwork is borderline insane for a CF. I see lots of ibrahimovic elements in his game, for 10-15mill this would be a huge steak. But the flipside is I think they will incorporate Kean allot more in to the first team next year.

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          Gerald Quinn April 17, 2017 at 4:11 am

          speed is becoming more and more crucial in modern high pressure systems: Guardiola, Klopp, Pochetino, teams like Monaco, BvB, They way we played Vs Barcelona, When the name of the game is high press Fast players are crucial! Liverpool struggled last term, They then got Mane and most their problems in attack where solved, Mane then left for Africa and Liverpool fell apart in no time. ManUtd don’t really have fast players and they are struggling big time! today Mourinho used Rashford(Speedy) instead of Ibra, and ManUtd really improved.

          Speed isnt everything, but in the modern game it is pretty close if u ask me. Even if the super speedy player isnt any good, the defenders are still man marking and scared.

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            thegutterpoet April 17, 2017 at 7:51 am

            The main reason for Man United’s victory appeared the man-marking job Herrera did on Hazard. A huge % of Chelsea attacks go through or to Hazard, so to stop him, hugely affects their ability to attack as a lightning fast counter attacking unit. Unfortunately for Conte, his one system routine, only ever PLAN A, never a B or C, and lack of reactivity during a game and tactical versatility can be found out by quality sides with wily managers. His main strength is man management, and picking a system which gets the best of out a side. However, he then rarely changes the shape of a team between nor especially during games. seeking to drill all players in the one system. It is something he will either learn or stick to his one trick pony and still have a great career as it works when you have talented players, that is, until another set of equally talented players find form and have a more tactically potent manager…Conte hasn’t yet shown me any reason to believe he was matured as a manager. Still love the guy. always will.

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      thegutterpoet April 17, 2017 at 1:55 am

      Strange to find you suggesting Dybala is injury prone, as I have found his fitness of a high level since he joined the club. He cannot help getting maimed by Muntari, and will be marked out for rough treatment more often as he continue to blossom. Could well be one of those issues which causes him to move onto Real M in the future, as players get far more protection there and there is less nastiness than seen in Serie A. But even with his current crunching, he will surely reach 40 games for the season…

      If we are to continue with the 4-2-3-1 system, which I believe we will for another season, we need a proper back-up/alternative/challenger to Cuadrado. Same on the other side. Pjaca is not a player who is of any value defensively, from what I have seen, and he seems more a back-up for Dybala’s position.

      And then there is Higuain’s role, which we have no obvious cover form as he plays partly as a prima punta, yet roams often deep and wide, his mobility and work rate are superb, as is his intelligence both on and off the ball.

      Pjanic has been patchy of late – yet again – and perhaps it is down to niggling injuries? His season has been fair, but hardly electric.

      Indeed, Schick looks quality. Likely have to pay the full 25 as i cannot see us offering any promising youngster as a counterweight.

      I would very much like to see Clemenza given a chance as the vice-dybala next season, but it seems more a pleasant dream than close to reality. Kean, I feel, who remains yet to sign a contract, might leave in the Summer…or be loaned out to a foreign club. I do not see him in the first team, ye would love to be proven wrong on that score.

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    BelgianJuventino April 17, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    I’m not too happy with Kuipers as ref for the return game at Barca.