The representative of Daniel Rugani has confirmed that Juventus turned down a significant offer from Chelsea to acquire the signature of his client. The Italy international had been earmarked as the prime candidate to bolster the Blues defence during the summer but the deal never materialized with the Bianconeri deeming the centre-back as indispensable.
Speaking to RMC Sport, agent Davide Torchia confirmed that the Blues had made a tempting offer for Rugani but the Bianconeri has no plans to part ways with the defender, he said: “Juventus have no desire to sell him, not even for a high price which, among other things, no-one in Italy could afford. However, the player has never asked to leave. Only when a very important offer arrives is it normal to listen, but Juventus have rejected all kinds of offers to keep him in Turin. Chelsea made a really big bid, which was close to being unthinkable for me, but Juventus didn’t relent.”
Juventus has secured Ronaldo to join the team this year and they are planning to make certain other changes to ensure that the team around Ronaldo is optimized to bring out the best, both in the star player and in the team’s performance. Among the changes being planned is the transfer of Higuain who would probably be given back to Chelsea. Along with him, Daniele Rugani would probably be moved as well. The center back had initially been thought to be crucial for the backline of Juve and Italy. However, probably because the youngster could not gel well with the coach or be not given adequate chances, his confidence was never seen in full on the field.
Rugani is compared with others like Rodrigo Bentancur. He has not played much in midfield position but the games he has been part of has seen him being confident and sure of himself which was not found in Rugani. Hence Rugani’s move is being planned and his sale would help bring in funds that can help construct the right team. Mattia Caldara is also back from his loan period and hence he would also help contribute to the team.
Serie A holders Juventus have reportedly offered midfielder Emre Can with a solitary week to decide whether he would be interested in signing for the club. The Old Lady have pursued the Germany international since the start of the season, but they have so far failed to reached a pre-contract agreement with the 24-year-old.
According to Rai Sport, the Turin giants have grown frustrated with the waiting period, and they have given Can a week to make up his mind. It is added that the club want a pre-contract deal sorted out before their league game against Napoli on Sunday, or else they may decide to pursue other targets via the transfer window. (more…)
Juventus manager Beppe Marotta has asked UEFA to implement a more consistent form of refereeing in the Champions League as from next season. He believes that there have been enough mistakes made in the tournament and that changes need to be made at the highest level. He believes that VAR should also be implemented in the tournament.
Juventus was eliminated last week from the Champions League on a penalty awarded by the referee in the dying stages of the game. Some pundits believe that the Real Madrid player wants down too easily in order to get the penalty. Cristiano Ronaldo will ultimately score and send his team in the semi-final.
Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has admitted that the club are interested in a Bosman move for Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, though they are said to have several other players on their summer shortlist. The Germany international has less than three months left on his existing Reds deal, and he has been heavily tipped to leave on a free transfer during the summer.
In a report covered by The Mirror, Marotta spoke positively about Can, who the Bianconeri have pursued over the past nine months. (more…)
Juventus midfielder has rated Harry Kane as the most complete striker in European football ahead of their Champions League round of 16 tie versus Tottenham Hotspur next week. The England international has already netted 31 times across all competitions for Spurs, including his 100th Premier League goal during the 2-2 draw versus Liverpool this month.
In a report covered by Bleacher Report, Khedira spoke about the qualities of the Spurs graduate, and believes the 24-year-old is better than the likes of Robert Lewandowski and teammate Gonzalo Higuain in terms of his overall ability on the playing field.
Juventus suffered a shock 3-2 defeat to Sampdoria in Serie A on Sunday night and boss Massimiliano Allegri believes it all stemmed from a lack of composure from his side.
The loss saw them lose ground on Napoli at the top of the table and the gap between the two is own four points with the Turin giants now in third place.
Juventus have confirmed that Mattia De Sciglio has not suffered a serious injury after his early substitution in the Champions League opener against Barcelona.
The Italy international pulled up with a leg injury prior to the half-time break with Barcelona leading by a 1-0 scoreline.
Stefano Sturaro came on as his replacement in the 41st minute, but he could not make much of an impression as Barcelona clinched a comprehensive 3-0 victory over the Bianconeri on Tuesday night. Initial reports suggested that the 24-year-old could be out for a considerable period of time with a sprained ankle but Juventus have confirmed that there was no significant damage.
“Mattia De Sciglio had medical tests today to determine the extent of the injury he suffered last night against Barcelona. The tests at J-Medical excluded any serious injuries in the affected area (the third distal of the right leg). However, in view of the short time since the injury, additional daily clinical monitoring, as well as additional checks will be required in the coming days,” the Bianconeri said in a statement. (more…)
New Juventus signing Blaise Matuidi admits that it was the right moment to leave Paris Saint-Germain despite Neymar’s arrival from Barcelona in a world-record deal.
The France international made his Old Lady debut in the opening day victory over Cagliari, and he has been officially unveiled as the club’s player in a news conference on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters in Turin, Matuidi admitted that he was delighted by his move, and he feels honoured to represent a club of Juventus’ calibre, he said: “It’s a great honour for me to be part of Juventus and I’m delighted to play alongside some great footballers. It’s an ambitious challenge and I’ve been welcomed well by my teammates and I’m sure it’s going to be easy to reach an understanding on the pitch. I’m not disappointed at all [to leave PSG when Neymar arrives] — I’m very happy and honoured to wear these colours.”
Matuidi spent six seasons with Paris Saint-Germain where he made a total of 295 appearances. During his stay, he won four Ligue 1 titles and three French Cups, and he is now eyeing further glory with Juventus, who have dominated the Serie A. (more…)
They had won 5 straight scudetti, appeared in the Champions league final a year beforehand yet lost their rare gem to a premier league club who last wontheir domestic championship 4 years ago.
That was the contrast between Juventus and Manchester United and still the Old Lady lost a potential midfielder of his generation to the Red Devils. It is the reality we live. Money keeps talking while BS has no choice but to take a hike.
The Bianconeri, on the back of the 2006 Calciopoli scandal that swept down the lower tiers of Italian football had like a phoenix rise from its ashes and soared its way back to where it belongs in the Italian football sphere.
Conquering Italy meant they had the chance to prove themselves worthy of standing side by side with other giants of Spain, England and Germany. Unfortunately, Juve’s finances were nowhere near those of the heavyweights.
Luckily for the Serie A champions, the people in charge of their recruitment had a good head on their shoulders and within a short time, the evidence of the smart transfer plan, drawn and executed, began to take shapeand produce results. (more…)