Over the past few weeks, I've heard the word 'contract' mentioned so many times that I've apparently begun to mutter the word in my sleep. From Ale Del Piero and his on-going talks over a new deal, to the conundrum over whether the likes of Alberto Aquilani, Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri should be offered one to make their moves permanent in the summer. It's clear that someone, and I'm not particularly sure who, is going to be left disappointed come July.
My bet would be Signor Aquilani, who looks set for a return to Liverpool in the summer, after the Anfield outfit slapped a reported £15 million price tag on the Italy international. Elsewhere, both Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri are on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season, but following their impact since joining it appears both may have a future in the Bianconeri shirt.
It's quite staggering when you consider how many loanees we currently have at the club. Following his comments in mid-week after the defeat against Lecce, it wouldn't come as a surprise if President Andrea Agnelli decided to tell half the squad to head towards the exit doors this summer. Would it be such a bad move to have a clear-out at the end of the season? It could be worse, we could have Palermo patron Maurizio Zamparini in charge. When he isn't busy slapping ridiculous £100 milllion price tags on players, he is giving poor Delio Rossi another earful. Someone needs to give Rossi a medal of some sort, I'd of packed my bags and headed to the beaches of Sicily long ago.
Anyway, back to Juve. Club legend Del Piero continues talks with the club, with Beppe Marotta assuring us things are going well and a new deal is imminent. What's the hold up then? With the move to the new stadium next season, if there's anyone to lead us out for the first time then it's surely Mr Juventus himself?
Who would you like to see signed on a permanent basis this summer? Should Juve stump up the cash for Aquilani? Or are Matri and Quagliarella more important?
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