As the summer transfer window comes to a close, clubs are rushing and stressing trying to conclude all their current ongoing negotiations and seal whatever deals that need sealing.
Juventus, who are the champions of Italy’s Serie A for five consecutive years now, have enjoyed one of the most historic, successful Calciomercato in the club’s history.
Offloading players, bringing in players, a lot has been going on at Juve this summer, and Beppe Marotta, the club’s Director General and Sports Department CEO has been a busy man, but at the end of the transfer window, the old lady can say she’s done pretty well.
Juventus have brought in considerable talent and have not only added depth of the highest quality to an already intimidating, dominant side, but they have built their team with the idea of winning the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League in mind.
That is a fact, considering the club’s newest signings have verbally come forth with statements claiming they joined the club specifically to be a part of the project to win the UCL.
Let’s take a look at the huge “ins” at Juventus this summer.
Juventus summer transfer market signings:
IN: Marko Pjaca from Dinamo Zagreb for €19 million, Medhi Benatia on loan from Bayern Munich for €2.55 million, Miralem Pjanic from Roma for €27.2 million, Dani Alves from Barcelona for free, and finally Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli for €76.5 million.
Even deadlier and more threatening
Also, a deadline day loan move for Chelsea’s Juan Cuadrado has also been completed and he will come for the season for the price of €4.5 million, with an option to buy.
Safe to say that this Juventus side will be even more deadly than they were last season, despite losing the likes of Paul Pogba.
They have signed one of the most creative midfielders in the world in Pjanic, one of the strongest, most solid center-backs in Europe in Benatia, and most importantly Serie A’s current best goalscorer, Higuain.
Although, talks fell through on deadline day between the Bianconeri and Zenit over midfielder Witsel simply because time ran out, and the window closed.
As of late, Pjanic has not yet played. Higuain has not yet started, and Marchisio is recovering from an injury, so Juventus have not been at their best, but they are still undefeated in league play, winning both of their opening league fixtures.
This has undoubtedly been a historic transfer window for the club, and they’ll expect a successful season from this well rounded, Champions League-hungry team.
Expected Juventus starting XI when everyone is healthy, available:
Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alves/Cuadrado, Pjanic, Khedira, Marchisio, Sandro, Higuain, Dybala.
Written by JP Iannuzzi
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