Would Gilardino really suit Juventus?
The January transfer window is up and running with Serie A appearing to be ahead of other leagues for early deals.
Sampdoria forward Antonio Cassano has joined AC Milan, meaning Ronaldinho is all set to leave, and Genoa’s Italy defender Andrea Ranocchia has headed to Inter Milan.
The other Italian giants Juventus are keen on a new striker given Amauri’s form and fitness problems and Alessandro Del Piero’s advancing years.
Media reports have continually linked the Turin club with Fiorentina’s Alberto Gilardino, despite both clubs playing the speculation down.
Juve seem to just be trying to collect every Italy striker they can. They already have Vincenzo Iaquinta (the latest of their players to suffer an injury) and Fabio Quagliarella, who arrived from Napoli in the close season after Juve’s bid for Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale broke down.
Lugi Del Neri’s side pondered a bid for Cassano but decided against it but have longed been linked with Samp’s Giampaolo Pazzini.
I know Juventus were close to appointing now Italy boss Cesare Prandelli when he was at Fiorentina but trying to copy his entire strike force is going a bit far, especially as Gilardino is so similar to Quagliarella and may be past his best.
Fiorentina are struggling and for them to let him go would be an odd decision at this stage of the season given they don’t have massive resources to replace him and reports say their other striker Adrian Mutu might leave.
If Juve really want to regain their former glory and push for the scudetto, a big name striker is probably needed but with Manchester City lurking, Wolfsburg’s Edin Dzeko may be out of range and there are very few top forwards up for grabs right now.
Perhaps it would be better to wait until later in the window to see what options are available. Early deals are not always perfect after all.
PHOTO: Fiorentina’s Alberto Gilardino (L) challenges Juventus’ Alberto Aquilani during their Italian Serie A soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Turin November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Giorgio Perrottino