JUVENTUS KNOW how to work the transfer market and have once again come up trumps to land a top-class midfielder.
Their latest edition on a free is Aaron Ramsey, securing the Welshman from Arsenal after the 28-year-old decided it was time to end his eleven-year spell at the Emirates. But this isn’t the first time the Italian champions have brought in a world-class player on a free transfer.
Fabio Cannavaro returned to the Old Lady in 2009, after three years at Real Madrid, when Juventus were relegated to Serie B for match-fixing offences. His second spell was hindered with several injuries, but Cannavaro remains a club legend to this day.
Andrea Pirlo is arguably one of Juventus’ best players in their history. Having been released by AC Milan in 2010/11, Pirlo was soon signed up by Juventus, who were able to fend off plenty of top European clubs looking to secure his signature.
Pirlo went on to win seven domestic trophies during his reign, as well as winning Serie A player of the year in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
In 2012, Juventus were able to persuade a young Paul Pogba away from Manchester United. He was to return in 2016, but Juventus were able to cash in on the French World Cup winner, bringing in a little over £89 million.
During Pogba’s reign in Italy, the midfielder played 178 games, won eight trophies and was named in the Serie A Team of the Year three years on the spin.
Arguably the best right back in the world, Dani Alves, was another legendary free transfer to join Juventus in 2016. The Brazilian was only at the club for one season but he managed to feature 33 times, score six goals and contribute six assists. He left Juventus the following summer with a league title and domestic cup.
More recently, former Liverpool midfielder, Emre Can, moved away from the Premier League in 2018. Liverpool made it clear they wanted to keep their star man, but the draw to Juventus was too tempting for Can, who was snapped up, once again, on a free transfer.
The latest player to return to the club after twelve months at PSG is legendary goalkeeper Gigi Buffon. Buffon has returned on a one-year deal to see out his career, which has gone down very well with the Juventus faithful.
Juventus are set to win yet another league title, if the Serie A betting is anything to go by, having brushed all of their opponents aside comfortably last campaign. The edition of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer has only helped to improve the Italian giants, who look set to dominate for years to come.
Former Napoli and Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, has taken over this summer, as he looks to deliver his second trophy in two years, after lifting the Europa League with Chelsea last campaign.
And so it seems European clubs need to make sure their star players contracts don’t run down. If they do, they run the risk of losing them and more often than not, Juventus are a side capable of offering players excellent contracts and a fantastic opportunity to win the Serie A title.
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