Marco Borriello - Antonio Conte’s first bit of business this month was the loan signing of Roma striker Marco Borriello. The 29-year-old joins in a temporary deal until the end of the season, with an option to buy for €8m should Juve decide to make it permanent. The former Milan ace scored eleven goals for the Giallorossi last season, but has found first-team opportunities hard to come by since the arrival of Spaniard Luis Enrique.
With a side boasting the attacking talent of Mirko Vucinic, Alessandro Matri, Alessandro Del Piero and Fabio Quagliarella amongst others, the main criticism levelled at Conte was whether there was a real need for an addition in that department, and furthermore whether or not Borriello is of the standard many expected.
“Juventus are a great team and need to get back to thinking in an appropriate way. This means competition and no-one should have a guaranteed place,” was the response of Captain Conte.
Transfer gossip, you either love it or hate it. Personally, preference lies with official confirmation of signings rather than hearsay linking the club with ten players a day from each European league and beyond.
Martin Caceres – According to reports in Tuttosport, Juve are days away from confirming the signing of Sevilla ace and former Bianconero Martin Caceres. The versatile defender would be a welcome addition to the squad, providing Conte with an opportunity to rest and rotate the likes of Stephan Lichtsteiner.
Nicola Leali – Considered one of the most coveted young goalkeepers in Italy, FIFA agent Graziano Battistini has revealed discussions between Brescia and Juve over the signing of the 18 year-old. "There’s no point in hiding it: It's true there have been talks between Brescia and Juventus over Nicola. The Bianconeri are strongly interested in the boy.”
Riccardo Montolivo – As is usually the case with transfer windows, agents appear to see it as their potential 15 minutes of fame. Agent Giovanni Branchini dismissed rumours that Fiorentina ace Montolivo turned down Juve in order to wait for a switch to Milan in the summer, when of course he will available for free. Highly doubtful we’ll see Monty join the Bianconeri any time soon.
David Pizarro – Reportedly unsettled at the Stadio Olimpico, Chilean playmaker Pizarro has been invited to Turin by his countryman Arturo Vidal. With the midfield trio of Pirlo-Marchisio-Vidal working to the delight of many pundits, would Pizarro be a worthwhile purchase?
Felipe Melo - “It’s practically impossible to see me wear the Bianconeri shirt again. “I always did my best for the team, but the Juve fans criticised me and that was a difficult period to live through.” Enough said.
Michele Pazienza – Interest from Udinese was confirmed, but immediately dismissed as Pazienza ‘will remain at Juventus and he will not be moving in January. Michele really wanted to join Juventus in the summer, and he’s convinced that he made the right choice.’
Vincenzo Iaquinta & Amauri – While the former appears to be hopeful of becoming a part of Conte’s plans having now recovered from injury, it appears Amauri’s days at Juve are drawing to an end. Reportedly interested in replacing Alberto Gilardino at Fiorentina, Amauri brings to an end a glorious career in Turin, which included 17 goals in 71 games. We’ll miss you.
Heard any other rumours linking Juventus with the next biggest talent to grace a football field? Happy with the arrival of Borriello, who would you like to see join him in Turin during the course of January?
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