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Transfer Roundup – Blaise Matuidi, Alex Sandro, Kwadwo Asamoah

August 15, 2017 - 8:12 am

Juventus are down to the details for Blaise Matuidi while Chelsea continue to ask for Alex Sandro but the Bianconeri take a firm stance.

With the bulk of their buying done and the final weeks of the transfer window approaching, Juve are still in search of a central midfielder for Max Allegri’s 4-2-3-1 system.

Despite being linked heavily with Liverpool’s Emre Can, it seems the German international is likely to remain on Merseyside for the upcoming season, which leads Juve to their backup option.

Sky Sport Italia and Goal Italia report Juve are pressing ahead with the signing of French international Blaise Matuidi while Gazzetta dello Sport say the transfer is down to the details and the player could arrive in Turin within the next 48 hours.

According to the report, Juventus will pay €15m and up to €5m in bonuses for the midfielder, although there’s a possibility he won’t be the only signing in the centre of the pitch.

Sky also report that the pursuit of a midfielder means the Bianconeri may leave the signing of Lazio’s Balde Keita until the end of the transfer window, while Chelsea have returned for Alex Sandro, however Juventus have taken a firm stance and consider the player unsellable.

According to Sky, there’s still a chance that Stephan Lichtsteiner could leave the club for Nice, while Kwadwo Asamoah is supposedly keen on a move to Galatasaray and a deal could be in the works for approximately €7m.

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    Mikkel Andersen August 15, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Matuidi would be fine for a couple of years. Sandro MUST stay.

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      4ZA-JUVE August 15, 2017 at 10:09 am

      De Sciglio will come through, give him a chance to shake off the last few years at Milan, the club was in ruin, not the best situation for any player to be in. I don’t expect him to be at Alex Sandro level but he’ll be a solid player.

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    Moderator August 15, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Disappointed by the way this has dragged on – A midfielder should have been top of the list, the first player we signed. Marotta talked of a ‘big’ star signing for the midfield. Emre Can, N’Zonzi, Andre Gomes and the others are not big names. Instead, we’ve gone back and forth with Liverpool and Sevilla trying to reduce prices and we’re left with…….Matuidi, the fallback option that no one else wants because he’s spent the last years playing in Ligue 1 for a side that has essentially bought the league title for the next 5 years. A player in decline, nearing the end of his playing career, not the peak. I’d sooner have taken a gamble on some young star. Ideally, Milinkovic Savic would have been ideal – can play in a number of positions, a player on the rise, highly competent and superb on the pitch.
    Granted, Bernardeschi and Costa were important additions, and you could argue that they were a priority in a way…….but we changed formation last season while we’ve been missing a midfielder since Arturo left.
    this all reeks of last minute buying when your main target isn;t available. We had Tolisso in hand and dithered. That kid is a star in the making and would have been exactly the kind of energetic mid we needed.

    Matuidi will either be competent enough to do a job for us, or he’ll be this years Hernanes.

    Don’t get me started on the defence. I hope the reports are true and we spend a fortune to get Di Vrij and Keita. In fact, i’d be happy with Di Vrij alone – we won these titles by building an impregnable defence. There are cracks appearing there….

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    4ZA-JUVE August 15, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Why is Marotta still operating Juve like it’s the beginning of the rebuild year’s? Costa and Bernadeschi were great signings, but every other player that’s linked to Juve is on their last year of contract and the process is the same. Opposition values player at €30m, Marotta offers €15 + bonuses, we don’t get the player and we’re told that they aren’t the Juve profile. They blew €90m on a 29 year old striker, yet wouldn’t even spend the €40m Lyon asked for Tolliso, what’s agitating is Juve earned over €110m from CL this year and are constantly bidding €10-15m below everyone’s price.
    Juve are even in the transfer market, they still have that 110m, yet matuidi is the one to arrive. This penny pinching needs to end, Marotta needs to stop playing this cheap ass game with other clubs. They know the routine and that’s why we’ll forever be in the Axel Witsel scenario

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      Mikkel Andersen August 15, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      They could have signed Isco a year ago for around 50 mill. Tolisso for 40 mill. (Matic 40 mill.) Juve need players under 28 years, but proven ones. You’re right. Higuain was overpriced. De Sciglio is NOT a starter. Splash 25-30 mill on a type similar to Sandro. Cancelo? Matuidi will be fine for 1-2 years.

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      Donvincenzo August 16, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      Matuidi will do for a year or two, and that’s probably the longest we should hold on to Khedira as well. After that we absolutely need an upgrade. I’d love to bring in Savic and someone like Goretzka.