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Serie A giants Juventus have money to spend this summer – where should they invest it?

Many believe that Italy’s most successful club Juventus are a long way away from winning what would be a 28th (or a 30th – depending on who you support) Scudetto. Since the ‘Calciopoli’ match-fixing scandal that rocked Italian football back in 2006, the Bianconeri have failed to challenge in any competition, with exception to the 2006/07 Serie B championship, which they comfortably won.

Despite this, they are currently looking as good as ever on the rumour mill, expressing interest in, and being linked to a number of top class performers, who would undoubtedly add the spark and class required to aid the club in their quest for another Italian title.

Solid start

Having already captured the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Reto Ziegler and Michele Pazienza all on free transfers, the Old Lady have made a solid start to this summer’s transfer period. Antonio Conte has been unveiled as the new coach, Lazio right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner looks set to become the next signing after passing a medical, and they have also spent just under €40 million to secure the outright services of Alessandro Matri, Fabio Quagliarella, Simone Pepe and Marco Motta.

Things are looking bright in Turin, and with a reported €50 million to spend this summer, and an additional €120 million to be injected in December, who should the club set their sights on?

Atletico’s Aguero

Undoubtedly the biggest name linked to the club this summer, Atletico Madrid superstar Sergio Aguero would be the perfect addition to Conte’s squad. For so long Juventus have relied on talisman Alessandro Del Piero up front, however with the captain entering the twilight years of his career, they must place their faith in a younger hitman, who will be able to serve the club well over the next decade.

Aguero is almost certain to leave Atletico in the coming weeks, however along with the interest shown by Real Madrid, the Argentine’s €45 million price tag may prove to be too much for the Bianconeri at this stage. Nevertheless, the latest reports continue to indicate he will join the club in the coming week, a move that would surely mark the commencement of a Juventus resurgence.

Defensive dilemmas

In addition to their lack of quality up front, Juve have a number of defensive dilemmas – mainly on the flanks – that continue to cause them problems. As mentioned, Lichtsteiner and Ziegler have been called in to help ease these issues, however a player in the form of Michel Bastos would be the perfect signing for next season, and for the future.

The Old Lady have been linked with the Lyon man in recent years, and simply must acquire his services this time around, if they wish to at least reclaim a spot in the UEFA Champions League, amongst the continent’s elite, in the 2012/13 season. The Brazilian will add a touch of class to the club’s inconsistent defensive ranks, and will slot in nicely alongside the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci at the back.

Other options

Juve have openly declared that Aguero is their main target for the summer, however should they fail to reach an agreement with Atletico, they will have to consider other options for the summer. Want away Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has been touted as a potential addition to the squad, however rumours of his arrival have eased recently. Roma attacker Mirko Vucinic is another name that has been thrown up in the air, as has Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema. Should Aguero’s proposed move to the Bianconeri fail to go through however, it is expected that the Villarreal hotshot Giuseppe Rossi will become the primary attacking target. In midfield, the Bianconeri have been linked to Lassana Diarra of Real Madrid, and Udinese’s Gokhan Inler, both of whom would add composure and class to an improving Bianconeri midfield.

Despite having already acquired two quality fullbacks in Lichtsteiner and Ziegler, Juventus must focus on the signing of Bastos, at least one world-class striker – preferably Aguero, another central midfielder, and perhaps a winger for the 2011/12 campaign.

Who should Juventus sign this summer?

Thu 30 June, 2011
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5 Comments:

  1. sone979 says:

    Aguero for sure

  2. Bianconeri says:

    I just want Aguero and Bastos to come then we are complete ;)

    Buffon
    Zieger Chellini Bonucci Leihensteiner
    Krasic Melo/Marchisio Pirlo Bastos
    Aguero Quagliarell/Matri

  3. Asif says:

    WOW!!!! terrible squad for the opponents….. watch out Milan&Inter as i would say start upgrading the lads and their qualities….. still i would suggest runaway…. hi hi hi hi

  4. LD says:

    This team would be sick providing that they could jell. A champion team will be a team of champions any day of the week.
    I would go with Tevez. He is the man. So disappointed ManU let him go.
    Bastos would be sick on the left and I think that another right wing would be help full as Leihensteiner is not world class.

  5. luca says:

    Im not sold 100% on aguero. seria a is alot more physical then la liga and he is a bit of a finesse player. Then again messi is the best in the world and he is a small guy. im excited about his potential, but maybe a strike like eto or lukaku might be a bitter fit, what do you guys think?

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