Juventus

Matuidi might lack 'wow' factor but could be a great fit for Juventus

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:55:00 PDT

Gab Marcotti previews the upcoming Serie A season with his predictions for the top four and the Scudetto winner. ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses the state of Juventus following their defeat against Lazio in the Italian Super Cup. In January, Beppe Marotta was being asked questions about Paulo Dybala's contract renewal. Looking to clarify that a deal would be completed soon, the director stated that Juventus are looking for a high-profile player in midfield over the summer, a Gonzalo Higuain/Dybala style of player. Fans rubbed their hands with glee. Was Marco Verratti, a fan of the club, coming home? Or were Juve going for an even bigger name? Fast-forward to mid-August and Blaise Matuidi has been announced as the...

Serie A preview: Is Juventus' title run set to end? Can Milan challenge again?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:10:00 PDT

Gab Marcotti previews the upcoming Serie A season with his predictions for the top four and the Scudetto winner. Serie A is back from its summer holidays this weekend. James Horncastle looks ahead to what could be the most open season in years: Key storylines Milan's spending Before Paris Saint-Germain signed Neymar, the biggest story of the summer was how Milan were spending at a rate not seen since Roman Abramovich became Chelsea owner in 2003. The scale of the investment -- €215.5m -- and its targeted nature has lent credibility to the project even though doubts remain about exactly how much of the...

Juventus need leadership, consistency from Paulo Dybala to reach their goals

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:04:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses the state of Juventus following their defeat against Lazio in the Italian Super Cup. "We have to turn over a new leaf, think of the next match and be aware that we must become more mature, because what we saw tonight was a small-team mentality," explained Paulo Dybala after Juventus' 3-2 loss to Lazio in the Supercoppa Italiana. Donning the No. 10 jersey for the first time, Dybala is keen to live up to what is expected from a player with that shirt number. While the youngster did admit he too didn't play so well on Sunday evening despite going on to score a brace to briefly level...

Paulo Dybala provides lift as Juventus defence struggles in loss to Lazio

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 08:29:00 PDT

Paulo Dybala played well but could no do enough to overcome Juventus' poor defence. Failing to achieve their first objective of the season, Juventus lost 3-2 to Lazio in the Supercoppa, proving to be second best for most of Sunday's game. Lethargic, one dimensional and bereft of their usual intelligence, Juventus struggled to control the game and could not maximize their technical superiority. Struggling defensively, they were ripped apart by an energetic Lazio side that was not playing to at full strength themselves. The substitutions allowed the Bianconeri to get back into the...

Can Lazio take advantage of Juventus upheaval in Italian Super Cup?

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 12:11:00 PDT

Juventus manager Max Allegri is unconcerned by their preseason defeat to Tottenham. Lazio's best season since they won the title at the turn of the century still hasn't been enough to persuade manager Simone Inzaghi to talk his team up as a contender this year. Last season, the Biancocelesti matched the 21 wins achieved by Sven-Goran Eriksson's Scudetto winners in 2000 to finish in fifth place, but nobody has them in the conversation for the title this time around. Behind Inzaghi's argument is realism rather than expectation management. "We'll have to wait another 30 or 40 years...

Juventus want to keep Paulo Dybala, but only if he wants to stay

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 10:04:00 PDT

Steve Nicol says if Juventus are to win Serie A this season, Juve must first do all they can to keep Paulo Dybala. Before the Champions League final in June, Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta was asked to put a price on Paulo Dybala. "I can't," Marotta told Tuttosport, and he had a very sensible explanation as to why. "The price of a player is only established at the time of sale. If I had put a buyout clause in Paul Pogba's contract three years before we sold him, I would have said: €60 million will do nicely. But we ended up selling him for €110 million. Buyout clauses are madness. I...

Transfer Talk: Juventus eye Valencia's Ezequiel Garay

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 05:29:00 PDT

Ezequiel Garay would fill the void created when Leonardo Bonucci leaves for AC Milan. Juventus are looking to sign Ezequiel Garay from Valencia, reports Tuttosport. For more on Garay to Juventus, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Juventus' summer transfers: Evaluating moves, remaining targets

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:10:00 PDT

Douglas Costa joined Juventus on loan from Bayern Munich. Clubs across Europe are desperate to add to their squads ahead of the new season -- and that includes Juventus, who picked up Douglas Costa on a loan from Bayern Munich. ESPN FC's club correspondents and bloggers rate their club's business so far and discuss what else needs to be done in the final days of the window. To read ESPN FC Juventus blogger Mina Rzouki's evaluation of the summer transfer window, as well as how other clubs have performed, click here.

OnScene: ESPN FC's ICC updates from Juventus vs. Barcelona

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:00:00 PDT

ESPN FC is "OnScene" in the United States for the International Champions Cup preseason tournament. Stay in touch with everything we've been getting up to ahead of Juventus vs. Barcelona in New Jersey.  The man of the moment... FT: Juventus 1-2 BarcelonaNo surprise here... Neymar is named man of the match! pic.twitter.com/xUTupwDIG4— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 23, 2017 Meanwhile, Lionel Messi and Neymar took in their surroundings. 2/3 of MSN on the bench. Less than 10 minutes to go on ESPN! pic.twitter.com/H1uE0KCwMI— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 22, 2017 The Juventus fans got something to cheer once Giorgio Chiellini pulled a goal back midway through the second half! Goal, Juventus! @chiellini heads in the corner to make it 2-1! pic.twitter.com/LR9Dy12FAU— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 22, 2017 There was no stopping Neymar on Saturday night. He scored twice inside 25 minutes for Barcelona...

Transfer Rater: Kelechi Iheanacho to Leicester City, Emre Can to Juventus

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 01:58:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Kelechi Iheanacho to Leicester City Leicester are looking to strengthen their attack following an underwhelming 2016-17 campaign in which Jamie Vardy was their...

Transfer Rater: Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea, Andrea Belotti to AC Milan

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 02:00:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five;...

Leonardo Bonucci will be missed at Juventus though exit makes sense

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 04:16:00 PDT

Leonardo Bonucci received a huge welcome from fans as he completed his move to AC Milan. Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes discuss Leonardo Bonucci's move to Milan and what impact it has on the rest of Serie A. No sooner had Juventus fans started celebrating the arrival of Douglas Costa than rumours gathered that beloved defender Leonardo Bonucci was being targeted by Milan and a transfer was likely. In a sceptical world full of fake news, Italians laughed. They knew better. A transfer to Chelsea and a reunion with Antonio Conte, maybe, but Milan? Never. "I was the black and white sheep of a house full of Inter supporters," explained a young Bonucci when he first arrived to Turin to start his adventure. Juventus...

Bonucci headlines the five biggest transfers in Serie A this summer

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 01:23:00 PDT

Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes discuss Leonardo Bonucci's move to Milan and what impact it has on the rest of Serie A. The transfer window has barely been open for two weeks but already some significant names have changed clubs -- especially in Italy. With that in mind, we asked Michael Cox to asses the five most significant transfers in Serie A so far. Leonardo Bonucci, Juventus to Milan This is unquestionably the most significant move of the European transfer window so far. Bonucci is probably Europe's best ball-playing centre-back, quite possibly the best centre-back in Europe full stop. His decision to...

Liverpool holding out for Naby Keita; Bonucci set to land at Milan

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Gab Marcotti explains why Liverpool and RB Leipzig are in a stalemate over the English side's pursuit of Naby Keita. The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. TOP STORY: Liverpool still chasing Keita Liverpool have no intention of giving up in their pursuit of Naby Keita, and are willing to break their transfer record to complete the signing despite RB Leipzig contacting them to say the 22-year-old midfielder is not for sale. The Mirror says that Bundesliga runners-up Leipzig rejected a...

Leonardo Bonucci's shock Milan move could end Juventus' Serie A rule

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 02:03:00 PDT

Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes discuss Leonardo Bonucci's move to Milan and what impact it has on the rest of Serie A. Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes discuss Leonardo Bonucci's move to Milan and what impact it has on the rest of Serie A. Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes discuss Leonardo Bonucci's move to Milan and what impact it has on the rest of Serie A. When the news first broke about Leonardo Bonucci's potential move to AC Milan, Alessandro Del Piero spoke for many Juventus fans when he said: "I thought it was a joke." Dripping in sweat after an all-star Italy side lost to Brazil at the Soccer Sixes in London, Del Piero couldn't believe it. "It's very surprising. I would never have thought anything like this could happen," he told Sky Italia. While Del Piero saw his teammate Pippo Inzaghi leave for Milan in 2001, he and Inzaghi had a strained...

Douglas Costa brings added quality to Juventus' already formidable front line

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 02:10:00 PDT

Gab Marcotti says that the Brazilian winger is set to complete a two-year loan move to the Italian champions. Making their first big signing of the summer, Juventus captured Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich in an effort to improve their attacking play next season. Juve have often been linked to, and even purchased, great talents, but Costa belongs to the small pool of elite footballers who will undoubtedly raise the level at the club. Labelled as "one of the best wingers in the world" by none other than Pep Guardiola, Costa boasts high technical qualities, sensational ability in one-on-one situations...

Transfer Talk: Juventus move closer to Federico Bernardeschi

Tue, 4 Jul 2017 05:45:00 PDT

Federico Bernardeschi, 23, scored a career-best 11 league goals last term. Juventus took a step closer to signing super talent Federico Bernardeschi, with Sky Sport reporting that the Old Lady have agreed to terms with the Fiorentina winger. For more on Bernardeschi to Juventus, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Paulo Dybala scores 'impossible' free kick in charity game

Sun, 2 Jul 2017 02:21:00 PDT

Paulo Dybala returned to Argentina to take part in a charity football match in his hometown of Laguna Larga on Saturday. As part of the fun, the Juventus forward was tasked with scoring an "impossible" free kick as the entire opposing team and more packed the goalmouth. As well as the goalkeeper, 18 defenders amassed on the line along with a couple of auxiliary blockers brought on from the crowd. Sure enough, Dybala was still able to find the top corner with a sweet strike from 20 yards. Incredible...

Juventus eye Real Madrid's Danilo as replacement for Dani Alves

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 03:07:00 PDT

Juventus have reportedly identified Danilo as the top replacement for the departing Dani Alves. Juventus have eyed Real Madrid right-back Danilo as a replacement for Dani Alves, who is set to be released from his contract ahead of a likely departure for Manchester City, according to reports in both Italy and Spain. According to Sky Italia, coach Max Allegri and sporting director Fabio Paratici recently identified the 25-year-old as their top choice to replace Alves and will present a €15 million offer, plus add-ons, to Real Madrid for his services. Meanwhile, Spanish newspaper AS reports...

Chelsea ready to spend £100m on Alex Sandro, Tiemoue Bakayoko this week

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:59:00 PDT

Craig Burley assesses the potential signings of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alex Sandro and how they could shape Chelsea in the coming season. Julien Laurens says working with Antonio Conte would be a big boost for Tiemoue Bakayoko if he joins Chelsea from Monaco. The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Chelsea line up £100 million double swoop Not that long after speculation that manager Antonio Conte could quit amid concerns about transfer policy, it's all systems go for Chelsea, the Mirror reports. The Blues are ready to go for it in a big way, with Juventus full-back Alex Sandro and Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko the first...

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