A new era is underway at Juventus as the club turns to hero Andrea Pirlo despite needing to sit his UEFA Pro exam in September. That will mean little to Juve fans, who are desperate to establish a new leader after not really taking to Maurizio Sarri overall. Pirlo, simply put, is adored in Turin.
Pressure will be on the Italian midfield legend, though. Despite his past history as a player for both club and country, demands are high at the club, especially with Cristiano Ronaldo in the dressing room. There is a lot of work to be done too, with Juventus striving to win more than just domestic titles in the near future. European domination is the aim, it has been for years, and it will remain Juventus’ objective until the club gets there again. Seeing the demise of sides like Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid – alongside a whole host of other clubs – creates an opening for another club to come in and cement themselves at the top of the European football’s tree.
Juventus’ exit at the hands of Lyon was a stark reminder that the club has a way to go yet. It was the reality check the team needed. Juventus were 4/9 with MansionBet to beat Lyon in the Last 16, and duly did so, but Memphis Depay’s penalty was enough to secure Lyon’s shock aggregate win on away goals and hammer home the need for reinforcements at Juventus in the process. Sarri then left, as we all know, but the same team remains in place. Pirlo will be keen to stamp his authority on the team, though, you’d think.
But who could Juventus be in for this summer? What areas of the pitch need reinforcing? Here is a lowdown on some of the transfer stories surrounding the club at this moment in time. One thing is certain, Andrea Pirlo and the club’s hierarchy are in for a busy summer.
Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal
Most Juventus fans will be wondering why the club didn’t try and tempt Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Turin but instead is turning its attention to his teammate and fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette. The Bianconeri want a new striker, and Lacazette appears to be one of the names in the frame. Should Juve make their move, the opportunity to partner Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala in attack would surely be hard for the Frenchman to turn down.
Duvan Zapata – Atalanta
With 12 goals in 19 appearances for the mightily impressive and free-scoring Atalanta this campaign, it comes as no surprise to see the Bianconeri being linked with a move for the Colombian goal-getter. Gonzalo Higuain appears to be on his way out of the club, so a move for an in-form striker like Duvan Zapata makes perfect sense.
Robin Gosen – Atalanta
Another member of Atalanta’s impressive side from this season, Robin Gosen is a key target for Juventus as the club looks to sign a wing-back. The highly-rated German scored ten goals and provided eight assists this campaign, which is highly impressive.
Raul Jimenez – Wolves
After finishing ahead of the likes of Sergio Aguero in the Premier League scoring charts this season with 17 goals to his name, Raul Jimenez is highly sought after. Juventus is one of a number of clubs linked with the Mexican striker who is expected to leave Wolves should a concrete offer be made. Definitely one to keep an eye on over the coming weeks, although competition is fierce.
Other names linked are Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik, Roma’s Edin Dzeko, and Ajax’s Sergino Dest.