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From Cavani to Rodriguez – Rating Juventus’ biggest transfer rumours

May 1, 2016 - 8:46 am

With their fifth consecutive Scudetto in their pockets, Juventus have started to really move forward on the transfer market. The Old Lady already sealed the permanent signing of Mario Lemina this week.

Coach Massimiliano Allegri has been quoted saying “Next year we must target winning the Champions League” and “There are many good players, in Italy and abroad. It will be a strange market and a long one, especially with Euro 2016. Juve will make a competitive team.”

Therefore, let’s look at the biggest transfer rumours (of course, there have been more) regarding the Bianconeri by rating them one-by-one on a scale from zero to ten. With ‘zero’ being “he would be a disaster” and ‘ten’ being “a perfect fit at a perfect transfer fee”.

 

Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguyan forward Edinson Cavani (R) eyes the ball during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Rennes at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on April 30, 2016. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain)

Will Alvaro Morata stay or will he leave for Real Madrid? When that question (finally) gets answered, Juventus will know what to do regarding striker options in the summer. But Edinson Cavani has been on the Bianconeri’s wishlist for awhile now, and the Matador is primed to leave PSG.

In all honesty, Cavani could help Juventus. No, he’s not the Cavani he was a couple of years ago. However, he’s still a massive striker who easily scores goals and can impose his will on opposing defences. The 29-year-old has scored 16 goals in 30 Ligue 1 appearances for PSG, while frustratingly playing second fiddle to centre forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. When put in his favourite position with renewed confidence in his game, Cavani is poised to explode.

However, there’s a big catch. Cavani is 29 and would cost Juve a fortune. There have been talks about a €40m fee in addition to a four-year contract worth in the region of €6.5m per year. That is a LOT and probably way too much, which is why Juve should explore other options upfront.

Rating: 4/10

 

REGGIO NELL'EMILIA, ITALY - APRIL 09: Sebastien Demaio of Genoa CFC and Domenico Berardi of US Sassuolo Calcio in action during the Serie A match between US Sassuolo Calcio and Genoa CFC at Mapei Stadium - Citta del Tricolore on April 9, 2016 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo)

It seems like Juventus fans have waited forever for Domenico Berardi to arrive in Turin. But this summer, the chances are pretty high that the 21-year-old will make the leap from Sassuolo to the Bianconeri. Juve have an option to buy Berardi for €25m, while holding off interest from the likes of both Milan clubs and Tottenham.

The case of Berardi is plain and simple: this needs to happen for Juventus. Berardi has been nothing but money since the Neroverdi promoted to Serie A in 2013. He has provided an impressive 38 goals and 21 assists so far, showcasing his vision, creativity, targeting and big game mentality.

Berardi has also been given 32 yellow and three red cards in his Serie A career, meaning he’s not quite there yet on a mental level. However, Allegri has been praised many times for his work with younger players, and a team like Juventus does not allow mental errors. Juve need a creative spark to get them over the hump in Europe, and Berardi could provide it.

Rating: 9/10

 

GETAFE, SPAIN - APRIL 16: Francisco Roman Alarcon alias Isco (R) of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their second goal during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and Real Madrid CF at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on April 16, 2016 in Getafe, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Isco (Real Madrid)

Allegri’s biggest wish this summer is the transfer of a big time playmaker, or ‘trequartista’ as it’s referred to in Italy. There are a number of options, but Real Madrid’s Isco has been named a lot in transfer reports. The 24-year-old has been unable to crack Los Blancos starting eleven, even under Zinedine Zidane, since arriving from Malaga in 2013 and has consequently become a bit frustrated.

Isco’s versatility is what makes him a very interesting option for Juventus. The Spaniard is able to play on the wing as well as in a role as a central midfielder. Therefore, he would fit right into Allegri’s plans.

However, despite being a major talent, Isco has never been hailed for his great attitude or work rate, and he would cost the Old Lady around €40m. That makes him an expensive gamble, one Juve should not make unless they are very sure about him. The same goes for Chelsea’s Oscar, by the way.

Rating: 5/10

 

VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Andre Gomes of Valencia reacts during the Copa del Rey Semi Final, second leg match between Valencia CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla on February 10, 2016 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Andre Gomes (Valencia)

As mentioned above, versatility is key for Allegri, which is why it’s no surprise Juventus have been linked heavily with Valencia’s Andre Gomes. The 22-year-old hasn’t enjoyed his best season at the Mestalla, but neither has his team. Some Bianconeri players suffered big injuries this season, Claudio Marchisio being one of them. Knowing that a season is very long, Juve are looking to add more quality depth to their midfield.

Gomes could be the player that fills in for Marchisio or Paul Pogba (if he stays) when he’s able to play higher up the field in a possible 4-3-1-2 formation. The Portuguese has shown on multiple occasions he’s got all the attributes to become a top class midfielder, who’s able to play in a more defensive role or as a playmaker.

Juve have reportedly tabled an offer of €30m with up to €20m in performance related bonuses. That’s just about how far they should go to get Gomes, because paying more would make him too expensive.

Rating: 7.5/10

 

STUTTGART, GERMANY - APRIL 23: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Borussia Dortmund of Borussia Dortmund controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund at Mercedes-Benz Arena on April 23, 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund)

It has been mentioned already that Juventus are in need of a creative spark in order to gain success in the Champions League. A player that comes out of nowhere to score a glorious goal or set one up for one of his team-mates. At the moment, only Paulo Dybala and Paul Pogba are able to do this on a consistent basis, with Pogba having to deal with other tasks as well.

Berardi should become that third player in the future, but Juve can’t expect the 21-year-old to step up from day one. A name that has been on the Bianconeri’s wishlist for years, is Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian international has lit up the Bundesliga at Borussia Dortmund, being one of Europe’s best goal/assist machines and therefore most creative players.

His contract at Dortmund runs out in 2017, which could force the Germans to sell him while they can still get a return. They are rumoured to want around €30m for Mkhitaryan, which is a fee Juventus should just go out and offer. Or increase it if needed. The 27-year-old would fit the current squad perfectly.

Rating: 9.5/10

 

VERONA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 02: Sime Vrsaljko # 11 of US Sassuolo Calcio in action during the Serie A match between AC Chievo Verona and US Sassuolo Calcio at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on November 2, 2014 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images)

Sime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo)

Juventus always have an eye on the future and they’ve been on the outlook for a player to succeed Stephan Lichtsteiner at right-back. Alex Sandro is known to become their star at left-back, but there hasn’t been anyone to replace the ‘Swiss Express’ on the right.

Three names have come up in this regard: Udinese’s Sylvain Widmer, Milan’s Mattia De Sciglio and Sassuolo’s Sime Vrsaljko. Widmer looks like a player who would only fill the bench in Turin, while De Sciglio could revive his career under the coach who made him one of the best at his position a couple of years ago. However, it seems Juve are mainly focused on Vrsaljko.

The 24-year-old Croatian seems to have all the attributes and skills to succeed Lichtsteiner, both on offence and defence. However, he’s reportedly also wanted by Arsenal and Atletico Madrid, with a €15m offer being mentioned. That wouldn’t make Vrsaljko cheap, while a player like De Sciglio would cost significantly less (€10m). However, young talent has a price and this one should have a future in Turin.

Rating: 8.5/10

 

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Medhi Benatia (Bayern Munich)

With Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli getting older, the Bianconeri have identified a new centre-back as one of their transfer targets. Mats Hummels could have been a dream option, but the German recently stated he has the desire to leave Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich.

However, Juve are reportedly interested in one of Hummels’ team-mates, namely Medhi Benatia, the former AS Roma player. Reports have stated that the Old Lady want to structure a deal for the 29-year-old as an initial loan for next season, with an option to buy set at €23m the following summer.

No one doubts Benatia’s talents as a defender, and he could be a valuable asset to have. However, that amount of money for a very injury-prone player at his age is just ridiculous. Stay away from this one Juve!

Rating: 2/10

 

Marseille's Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi (L) vies with Toulouse's goalkeeper Alban Lafont (R) during the French L1 football match between Marseille and Toulouse on March 6, 2016 at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, southern France. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Michy Batshuayi (Marseille)

If Morata stays at Juventus, there’s no real reason for the Bianconeri to go out and spend big on a striker. However, while Cavani could prove to be too expensive, Juventus have also been heavily linked with two young guns from Belgium: Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.

Batshuayi has suffered through a very poor season with l’OM, but has been one of the team’s bright spots, hitting the net 15 times so far. The 22-year-old plays like a true centre forward, with a knack for scoring goals in the box and being pretty technically gifted. However, Batshuayi also suffers from inconsistency and seems to lack the talent needed to become a star at Juventus. Paying €30m for him wouldn’t be smart, but he has lots of room to grow.

Rating: 5.5/10

 

Everton's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku celebrates after Manchester United's English defender Chris Smalling turned in a cross from Everton's Spanish midfielder Gerard Deulofeu to score an own goal to equalise the scores 1-1 during the English FA Cup semi-final football match between Everton and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in London on April 23, 2016. / AFP / BEN STANSALL / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

Lukaku has hit the net 18 times in the Premier League this season and has been linked to the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern. Juve have a long-term interest in the 22-year-old, liking his work rate, knack for goals, and young age despite already having played a ton of big games. But is he really worth the €50-€60m that Everton want? No, he’s not. On top of that, Lukaku has shown to struggle against tight defences and playing for a dominant team.

Rating: 4/10

 

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - APRIL 30: James Rodriguez of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Real Sociedad de Futbol and Real Madrid at Estadio Anoeta on April 30, 2016 in San Sebastian, . (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

James Rodriguez (Real Madrid)

It was only recently that Juventus were linked with James Rodriguez. The Colombian played a key role last season at Real Madrid, but has been unable to solidify his place in Los Blancos starting eleven this season. Therefore, he’s looking at other options this summer and has identified Italy as a favourable destination.

Real Madrid paid €75m for him just two years ago and James will turn 25 years old (rather young) in July. His talents as a creative playmaker who also scores goals on a consistent basis would make him an excellent buy for the Old Lady, as they are undeniable. Despite his young age James has played a serie of big matches, including in the Champions League.

Therefore, if James should become available, Juve should make him a priority. There will, however, be one big issue and that is his transfer fee. Madrid don’t want him to walk on a discount just because he’s unhappy. They are expected to ask around €50m for the Colombian. That’s a heavy price for just one player, but actually one that could be worth every penny.

Rating: 8/10

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    ADP#10 May 1, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    I agree with pretty much everything except I’d give Isco a higher rating than Mkhitaryan. Probably give Isco an 8 and drop Mkhitaryan down to 7. I feel like Isco is younger and more versatile, and hasn’t had a real opportunity to showcase his talent on a consistent basis. I’d take James over them both though, if we can get him for less than 50 million and keep him on a Juve-level salary. Their mentality is important too, and Marotta and Paratici know much more about that then I do, so in the end they will make the most reasoned judgement. Also in regards to Benatia, id take him for a season on loan and assess his performance and condition at the end of it.

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      Dar Black May 1, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Re James:
      “they have realised he is not a consistent player. He has quality, no doubt, but … mentally he is not the strongest”

      Would not fight for his place in the RM starting line-up. So why would we want him then? Sounds like trouble.

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        ADP#10 May 1, 2016 at 8:24 pm

        I think in terms of shear quality, James is the best available CAM option. He is undoubtedly a step up from Hernanes and Pereyra, and would therefore demand a starting spot if we switch to a formation with a natural TQ. He is 25, and if his attitude is not great now, then its still not too late to change. I feel like if the senators of our squad can get him to play well consistently, and more importantly sacrifice himself for the good of the squad, then I think he can be the signing we need to take us to the very top of Europe.

        In the unfortunate event that he comes to us and doesn’t improve, then he still has a high resale value based on what he did at the World Cup two years ago, so I feel the risk on him is even less than for Andre Gomes, provided they both end up costing around 50 million.

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          dany May 2, 2016 at 7:29 pm

          This is a good idea. In the unfortunate event that he comes to us and doesn’t improve, then he still has a high resale value based on what he did at the World Cup two years ago, so I feel the risk on him is even less than for Andre Gomes, provided they both end up costing around 50 million.

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            dany May 2, 2016 at 7:35 pm

            I bought James. When I buy it, and I will prosper man to sell. Definitely will play better as Gomes who stands as well as money.

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            dany May 2, 2016 at 7:39 pm

            Buy James will play better, like when you buy Gomese for the same price

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    Jas May 1, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Id take Batshuayi over all of those guys, given his lightning pace and dribble skills he is at such a discount at $25 million. James is a good player but his numbers have utterly sucked this year and no way in hell are we paying $50 mill+ for him. Given that Mkhitaryan has over 20 goals and 40 assists, you guys are out of your mind if you think 30 mill will be all he will cost. Im starting to dislike Isco as his attitude his utter shit. The fact that Berardi has over 30 yellow cards is a big sell off. Vrsljako is good but by no means an upgrade over S.L, this position.

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      ADP#10 May 2, 2016 at 1:35 am

      Well this is a very new opinion haha

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        Jas May 2, 2016 at 2:00 am

        Mkhitaryan has 23 goals and 32 assists to be correct…….He has outperformed all those names mentioned. Granted Marseille is in a financial mess I think if we pick up Michy it will be the bargain of the year. The rest of those attacking names are way too overpriced.

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          Vincent Van Genechten May 11, 2016 at 11:45 am

          Batshuayi isn’t really that fast. Lukaku and Origi are much quicker than Michy. However, he’s Belgium’s best natural goal scorer at the moment and has proven to be a menace in the box.

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    thegutterpoet May 2, 2016 at 2:59 am

    I suspect we will be priced out of the bidding war for Mkhitaryan. Most the Premiership sides interested in the creative genius can and will offer more gold in both the transfer fee and especially the wages. London and the Premiership experience in general are further enticement. Still, if Chelsea were to sign him, they would release Oscar, a player I would like to see in our colours, with my only concern his lack of physical strength. Problem with Oscar and many other players is Money…He earns around EU6m at Chelsea, whereas our top earner is presently Pogba on EU4.5 (per annum).

    The most creative element of the bundesliga, coming off a brilliant season could earn as much as double the money at Man City, Man U, Chelsea and Arsenal. Liverpool will also be able to offer considerably higher wages than Juve. The new TV deal is going to make the situation even more unbalanced…yet, as others have mentioned, it will mean that we attract players who deeply wish to play for our storied club, rather than just seek the highest wage.

    Finest creative midfielders in the premiership this season have been Payet, Coutinho, Mahrez, Ozil and Eriksen. None of whom we could afford other than perhaps Mahrez, who will surely be set to hit the jackpot next season wherever he ends up.

    Isco seems a solid bet and I am beginning to lose concern over Morata. His acceleration and ability to turn sharply and blaze a trail to goal is immense, yet his potency in front of goal this season has been wayward. Injuries, his future in the balance and the split with his lover last Summer may all have contributed, yet the fact remains the Spaniard is coming off a season far less impressive than the former. And the situation of this will he, won’t he routine is becoming a bother. I suspect he has some say in the matter. In which case, yes Real Madrid can use the option and accept our 20m on top. Or he can make sad eyes and raise his bottom lip over the top lip and scurry away, feigning regret and sorrow…Rodriguez is reported to have a problem with mentality, and has always seemed to me ultra talented, yet a bit of a playboy, which would not be welcome at Juve. he also earns around EU8m at Madrid (double that of Isco).

    The most pressing matter is a CM given the longstanding absence of Marchisio and the heavy reliance we retain of the 3-5-2 formation. I’ve not seen enough of Gomes to make an assessment of his viability and value, yet believe he has been under observation for a fair while by Beppe, Fabio and their minions. 30-50m is an inordinate amount to spend on a player unless we firmly believe they are of world class potential or established standing.

    I am a fan of Lukaku. I see him as potentially of equal or greater value than Morata. He is young, experienced, of beastly physique and with the right coaching and environment could further blossom.

    Vrsaljko…We need a RB as with Caceres moving on, we have have only Lichsteiner for the role, who remains classy and reliable yet we need a back-up/challenger. The Croatian has been consistently reliable at Sassuolo and is of a good age. Widmer has been average in a poor season for his club in Udine. De Sciglio seems more versatile, yet as with the Swiss option of Widmer, he has hardly excelled.

    We also have Joel Untersee to consider. The 22 year old has represented Switzerland at every youth level, seemed set to move to Grasshoppers last Summer (on loan) yet has remained at Vaduz playing regularly. And why not consider Pol Lirola, who has been a pillar of the success enjoyed by the primavera this term.

    With the EUROs on the horizon, marcato talk is made more hazy, with players and agents alike knowing that their clients will be in the ship window. Perhaps real wish to wait to see how Morata fares, to then sell him on to a Premiership club for an offer far bigger than the reputed 20m we have broached. Too many maybes. I hope and assume that in most, if not all cases, Juve demands of their targets and present squad to make a firm decision sooner rather than later, to allow Allegri to plot our path to glory next stagione aware of all the cards in his hand in the Summer…

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      SJ_JUVE May 2, 2016 at 5:41 am

      OT
      I am not sure you have covered this anywhere or not but some rumours are that Lirola is going to be promoted to first team.

      Since you follow primavera, what are your thoughts on this + is romagna ready if we promote him into first team insteadof getting a 5th CB

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        thegutterpoet May 2, 2016 at 6:16 am

        Hola comrade…yes yes! I have seen this rumour. Whilst I would be fully supportive and excited, I doubt that we would see such a sea-change in club policy so as to flood the first team squad with youngsters. ‘If you are good enough, you are old enough’ has only been seen – of late – with Pogba, Dybala and to a similar degree with Morata. All of whom have displayed immense talent at a young age. Sturaro has also had a look-in yet that was forced more through a decimated squad than policy (he appeared a little earlier than expected).

        We have stakes in a scores of great talent at all youth levels…and our scouts have picked up some wondrous talents these last few years. the first generation of which are coming through the U19 presently.

        Romagna, Cassatta, Favilli, Kastanos, Clemenza (though mangled through ligament damage), Macek, Kean and Lirola have all enjoyed sterling seasons. Di massimo and Vadala have also impressed.

        As for readiness for the first team squad…I will add to this when I am home, vodka in hand, later this evening…

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          SJ_JUVE May 2, 2016 at 4:44 pm

          Thanks a bunch for your insights TGP, always enjoy your writing. It will be quite interesting to see how management goes about to improve this summer window.

          I am also a believer of loan system as regular playing time is much needed imo but training everyday with the best in the world has to have some value to, so not sure on this end. Tho if there was B-team in seria B making the jump to first team would be smaller akin to mandragora’s hopeful jump who I also feel will be retained by the club in first team.

          I feel at max only two inexperienced youngsters will be kept lirola/romagna and mandragora. Idk tho allowing them to train with the best and giving them time in CI and vs likes of carpi & frosinone is the best way forward or not.

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            thegutterpoet May 4, 2016 at 10:25 am

            You are most welcome, my friend…and thank you for the discussion. Your input is always appreciated. And I shall produce an overview of the youth sector once the primavera have made their way through the finals. Cheers, TGP

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      Jas May 2, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Well said my friend! In all honesty I think we are priced out over all of those names with perhaps Michy and Andre gomes the exception. I am not sure gomes is worth 35 + bonuses….. that is a ton of money while Michy on the other hand is super undervalued. I think he is the best dribbler out of all the forwards I’ve seen so far. Lirola should be given a chance but i am super skeptical as we dont promote within anymore. What is your view on mame thiam?

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        thegutterpoet May 3, 2016 at 10:36 am

        Greetings Jas…I am inclined to agree with you in terms of the potential offers we could make in comparison to any serious interest from most top six premiership clubs. And I am equally uncertain of Gomes. Truly had no idea of his existence until his name was first linked to us. Yet the same could be said of Zidane when we signed him…yet that was 3m, not 30-50m! Not the kind of money to be making a punt with, that is Woodward’s routine, not Beppe’s.

        I have loosely followed the speedy Senegalese with an eye for goal since his Lanciano days when we first picked up a stake. He has had a fine season in Belgium. Is still young yet and I recall in January there was interest from some french and german teams. Nowhere near consideration for Juve yet good enough to retain ownership and perhaps send to a higher ranked team next term. If he is loaned to a Serie A side the story will become more interesting.

        None of our loaned players seem anywhere near our first team other than Mandragora, who I have thought as the major possibility in terms of any youngsters joining the seniors. Such a shame he cracked his foot, yet still maybe kept at the club after the Summer ritiro. The upshot of Marchiso’s injury is that perhaps Rolando finds an unexpected opportunity…

        Lirola is too inexperienced presently. With Cuadrado likely to return to London, we need a more established RWB option considering our ambition. Yet indeed, reports of his progress have been steady and always positive.

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        Vincent Van Genechten May 11, 2016 at 11:41 am

        Don’t start talking about Thiam. The man is a decent footballer, but no way near Juventus level. He could do well in Serie B, but that’s about it.

        But I feel Juve should hand more opportunities to Primavera/loan players. It makes no sense to keep sending players out on loan and never really give any of them a chance in the first team.

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      ADP#10 May 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      In regards to Morata, I have an interesting statistic for you. Ibrahimovic played two seasons for Juventus as we all know. He played 92 games and scored 26 goals. Morata so far in his two seasons has played 91 games and scored 26 goals. Not great numbers on paper by any means. It obviously took a while for these players to adjust to Serie A. In 5 seasons after that with Milan and Inter, Ibra played 202 matches and scored 122 goals. In 10 seasons overall after he left us, he has played 425 matches and scored 294 goals. I believe Ibra, just like Morata, was not a confirmed starter in the team with ADP and Trezeguet still playing, so the goals per minute ratio would probably make for decent reading, as it does in Morata’s case.

      My point is this: Keep Alvaro Morata at Juventus. I firmly believe he will grow into a world class striker if he is given the responsibility of being a starter. He needs to work for it obviously, and if he can displace Mandzukic with his quality alone, then there is a great partnership there with Dybala for many years to come. Hopefully someone of the quality of Isco/James/Mkhitaryan will be supplying these guys as well. If Morata desires to stay with us, then we must keep him. His salary is relatively low as well, so he fits Juve in the economic sense. If he wants to go back home to Madrid, then we wish him good luck and stop there.

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        thegutterpoet May 3, 2016 at 3:56 am

        I would like us to keep Morata, yet cannot shake the suspicion that the player himself has some say in his own future. And if so, there should be zero of this present nonsense. Because he can just say ‘I do not want to go to Real’. Or are we to believe that truly, we purchased a player who simultaneously signed a contract with the selling club, to be used when and if they please in the future, regardless of how the player settles and performs at Juve?

        I may be wrong, but I cannot believe that Beppe and the club would have agreed to such conditions. And if as indeed I suspect, Morata has a choice, then his indecision is eroding my perception of his love for our colours. Is he waiting to see if Real say ‘we want you, come home’? Or waiting to see another side in the premiership offer Madrid more than Juve will offer to buy out the buy-out clause and in turn pay the Spaniard vastly higher wages than we will offer?

        I fully agree that he has the potential to be world class. A player capable of making the difference at the very top level of the game. I just despair of the situation in which we find ourselves in regards to this registration.

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          ADP#10 May 3, 2016 at 5:37 pm

          Indeed indeed.

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    BelgianJuventino May 2, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I will be happy to add Berardi and leave it at that concerning our attackers. Cuadrado out, Berardi in. Morata confirmed as a Juveplayer.

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    EricJuve May 2, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Our defense is the only area needed strengthening. Our attacking line is already crowded. Unless we offload someone we should not spend money on a bench player. We should try to keep Cuadrado.

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      ADP#10 May 2, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Cuadrado should be sent back to Chelsea. He hasn’t been bad at Juve, but his final pass or shot is so often the wrong choice. With Berardi, I don’t think he will immediately come in and be an improvement on Cuadrado, but he is much younger and Italian, so he has a lot going for him.

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        EricJuve May 2, 2016 at 5:04 pm

        Cuadrado and Berardi are two different type of players. Our team already has a lot of players that can play the role Berardi takes. I have always been of the idea that Berardi should be converted into a full Striker rather than a wide player. He has the characteristics to be clinical upfront.

        In regards to Cuadrado, it will depend on Chelsea.

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          ADP#10 May 2, 2016 at 5:46 pm

          Yes, they are different types of players, but if we decided to play a 4-3-3 or a 4-3-2-1, then they will both be competing for the same spot, as the right forward in the front three. Berardi plays out on the right for Sassuolo, and cuts in on to his left, so I don’t think we should necessarily try to change something he has been quite successful at in Serie A for 3 seasons. When you say our team has a lot of players that can take the role of Berardi, I completely disagree. I couldn’t even name one apart from Cuadrado who could play as attacking player on the right side of a front three, especially one who is left-footed.

          If Chelsea don’t want Cuadrado, why should we? Even if we weren’t getting Berardi, I would be against bringing Cuadrado in permanently. He has improved quite a bit, but his final ball is almost always the wrong option, or just poorly delivered.

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    dany May 2, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Especially not Benatiu. It’s leaky defender !!!

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      ADP#10 May 2, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      In Serie A in 2013-14 with Roma, he was wonderful. Since then at Bayern he has been pretty poor I hear.

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        thegutterpoet May 3, 2016 at 12:06 am

        Indeed was superb for Roma…hence his move to Bayern, yet injuries (mainly) seem to have derailed his career there.

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    Jack Handey May 3, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Man o man. The lack of appreciation for Cuadrado around here is astounding. I hope Juve do their best to keep him. He is one of the real difference makers on this team and Allegri recognizes it.

    IMHO, the player we could use most is the versatile Andre Gomes. No wonder Juve are offering €30m + bonuses to get him and trying to seal the deal early.

    I would put our chances of getting Lukaku are precisely 0/10 and we don’t need him anyways. He’ll cost a fortune and doesn’t offer much over Zaza.

    My guess:
    Andre Gomes – 7/10 (my real hope)
    Benatia – 3/10
    Berardi – 6/10
    Vrsaljko – 5/10
    Cavani – 4/10 (provides nothing new; big transfer fee; massive salary; no thanks)
    Batshuayi – 5/10
    Lukaku – 0/10 (Raiola is using Juve to start a bidding war)
    James – 2/10 (RM didn’t spend €80m to flip him for cheap; plus his massive salary)
    Isco – 3/10
    Mkhitaryan – 4/10 (too much competition)

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      EricJuve May 3, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Cuadrado has been of a great value for the team this season. He has provided both attacking and defensive quality to the team, something we lack. It will depend on what Allegri and Chelsea wants.

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      thegutterpoet May 4, 2016 at 10:24 am

      Good to see you making an appearance, Jack! And largely agree with your ratings of likelihood and value. Other than with Lukaku. His power, positioning, pace and shooting accuracy are vastly superior to Zaza, and he is likely more useful in the air. Though I doubt we have any interest. Too pricey and we have yet no need for another quality striker, until/unless the Morata mess is sorted out.

      As for Cuadrado…Lichsteiner, despite missing a fair few weeks with heart surgery, has played more often. The Colombian has been a good loan, his singular potency is searing pace, which is sometimes enough to trouble top drawer opponents, more often weaker foes. He has little trickery, makes the wrong decision more than the right, his crossing and passing are questionable and his shooting non existent. He works damn hard, yet offers very little defensively other than a pacy outlet and pacy covering. I am sure if Allegri found him a vital component we would be offering Chelsea more than the 20m-ish spoken of which was set as a possible purchase price. Marotta has indicated we would like him to stay, yet at what price? I cannot see him as a first XI player next season, and would prefer to see us bring in Berardi, who I believe has great potential, is young and has much stronger ability to make a difference with a moment of magic.

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        Jack Handey May 4, 2016 at 7:59 pm

        Thanks for noticing my absence, my friend (not calling you a comrade! 🙂 ). I agree the decisions on Morata and Pogba (although his stay is looking a little more likely) will dictate our transfer policy this summer.

        Berardi’s passing and knack for scoring are good, but I am much less convinced about his other qualities. Cuadrado is a proven, world-class player who can continue to give our team an edge like he has this year. I suspect Conte will take him back to Chelsea, and if he does, it would probably make sense to bring in Berardi. But, if you ask me to choose between Cuadrado and Berardi at the moment, I would pick Cuadrado without much hesitation.

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      Vincent Van Genechten May 11, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Why so low on Mkhitaryan? He’s exactly what Juve need… And too much competion doesn’t count as an argument. WE ARE JUVE!!!

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        Jack Handey May 16, 2016 at 2:20 pm

        I agree Juve could use Mkhitaryan, but not if he costs €50m in transfer fees and €7m/yr in wages. Plus everyone is competing for him. I think Juve do best going for good players on the rise than someone that has been spotlighted like Mkhitaryan in recent times.

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    Dar Black May 5, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Namanja Matic – £20m English press are reporting. Hands up who saw that coming!

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    dany May 8, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Juventus should buy a replacement for Buffon. Neto has not met expectations.

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    dany May 8, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Bernardo Silva would be an excellent backup. Creative midfielder with great potential. Portugal (21) years https://youtu.be/AEBgdvoNCb0

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    dany May 8, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Bernardo Silva would be an excellent backup. Creative midfielder with great potential. Portugal (21) years

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    dany May 16, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Juventus could buy Hakim Ziyech. It looks like a very promising player. https://youtu.be/-YH1uFkMF4Y