Juve been busy
The Old Lady of Italian football has not been quietly knitting during the recently closed transfer window. Manager Antonio Conte’s wheeling and dealing amounted to a staggering 14 players coming to Turin, while five went out the door.
In: Reto Ziegler (Sampdoria, free), Alessandro Matri (Cagliari, €15.5million), Marco Motta (Udinese, €3.75 million), Emanuele Giaccherini (Cesena, €6 million), Arturo Vidal (Bayer Leverkusen, €10.5million), Fabio Quagliarella (Napoli, €10.5 million), Michele Pazienza (Napoli, free), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Lazio, €10 million), Mirko Vucinic (Roma, €15 million), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan, free), Eljero Elia (Hamburg, €9 million), Simone Pepe (Udinese, €7.5 million), Marcelo Estigarribia (Dep. Maldonado, loan), Yussif Chibsah (Sassuolo, undisclosed).
Out: Albin Ekdal (Cagliari, €1.5million), Sergio Almiron (Catania, undisclosed), Sebastian Giovinco (Parma, €3 million), Felipe Melo (Galatasaray, loan), Hasan Salihamidzic (Wolfsburg, free).
A proposed transfer of Amauri to Marseille fell through, despite a lucrative offer from the French club, due to the player himself wishing to stay. Even so director general Guiseppe Marotta indicated that he might have brought in even more players if he’d found what he was looking for.
“We wanted to reinforce the squad and we’ve done that. We were looking to make another defensive signing but there was no-one available better than the players we had,” he said.
Due to the players strike in Italy and the national games this weekend, the first official outing for the new look Juventus this season will be against Parma on Sunday 11 September.