Will Juventus get signings right this time?

July 1, 2009

Ever since returning to Serie A following their demotion for match-fixing, Juventus have had a terrible run in the transfer market.

Third and second-placed finishes in their two years back in the top flight are largely thanks to players who stuck with Juve during their season in Serie B such as Alessandro Del Piero and Giorgio Chiellini.

In contrast, new recruits such as midfielders Tiago and Christian Poulsen have been frustrating at best while former Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg lasted just a season before being shipped off to Olympiakos.

Juve have also tried to sell Poulsen and Tiago but both players have said they would rather stay.

Right back Zdenek Grygera has not convinced all the Juve faithful while striker Amauri had a good start to last term following a big move from Palermo but his form fizzled out towards the end of the campaign.

For this season Juve have re-signed Fabio Cannavaro from Real Madrid, a move which has angered fans who have not forgiven him for leaving the club following their demotion. (Cannavaro argues it was Juve’s economic decision to sell).

Brazilian playmaker Diego, who has arrived from Werder Bremen, obviously has the skill but supporters worry his style of play will not suit Juve’s traditional 4-4-2 formation and may upset the apple cart.

Juve’s bid for Udinese midfielder Gaetana D’Agostino looks to have failed and media reports say they are now targeting Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso having surprisingly opted to pursue Poulsen last year rather than the technically superior Spaniard.

Can they get it right this time and really challenge Inter Milan for the scudetto?

PHOTO: Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen (R) fights for the ball with Inter Milan’s Luis Figo during their Italian Serie A match in Turin April 18, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo


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Grygera was a great player at Ajax, suddenly at Juve he’s no good. Diego is regarded as one of the best players in the German competition, they have doubts about him already and he hasn’t even started yet. A case of poor scouting?

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Diego is a fantastic players with all the skills and creativity. The Juve coaching staff needs to be slaughtered should they fail to bring out the Brazilian’s overwhelming potential. I can’t imagine Diego will buckle under the pressure at Juve, it can only be the club that’ll destroy the player.About their purchases, I just can’t see a lot of big names heading to Serie A in general this summer. Stars and promising up and comers rather go to England or Spain these days.I think Juve should target promising players from lower ranked Serie A clubs and talents from B-leagues such as the Dutch and Belgian ones.

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