Thursday June 15 2017
Juvevolution in progress

Unlike previous traumatic summers, Adam Digby is confident Juventus will be about evolution, not revolution.

Before the Juventus players had even set foot on the tarmac at Turin’s Caselle airport, talk had already turned to what the club would do on the transfer market this summer. While it is saddening to think that the historic accomplishments of Max Allegri’s men became a footnote to their defeat in the Champions League Final, that is the harsh reality the Bianconeri must face over the next few months.

“You're only as good as your last game” is a common sports cliché, and against Real Madrid in Cardiff, the Old Lady was found to be desperately short of match-winners. Eventually, becoming the first side to win six consecutive Serie A titles will see this team lauded, but right now that is the past and Juventus must focus fully on the future.

Thankfully, the men charged with making the decisions that will shape that future are aware of just how close they came to sealing ultimate glory. Allegri was quickly tied down to a new contract, a three-year deal that reiterates the club’s faith in the Livorno native while simultaneously ensuring that there will finally be some stability at Vinovo.

Indeed, it must be remembered that the last three years have seen Juventus endure incredible upheaval. In 2014 Antonio Conte walked out on the second day of pre-season training, while Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez followed suit just 12 months later.

Last year it was Alvaro Morata and Paul Pogba, but 2017 will see the management team allowed to adjust the existing side rather than rebuild a new one. That is perhaps reflected by the lack of activity thus far, Juve taking a methodical approach to a transfer market they must negotiate perfectly if they are to propel themselves into the European elite.

For a fanbase still tortured by nightmares of an unmarked Cristiano Ronaldo tapping home two goals at the Millennium Stadium, rumours linking them with names like Marco Verratti, Douglas Costa and Federico Bernardeschi are exactly what the doctor ordered.

That kind of superstar acquisition will be essential if Juve are to go one step further next term, but so too is keeping hold of every major player from the current group. Leonardo Bonucci has dismissed any talk of a move to England, the 30-year-old having already committed his future to Juventus when Pep Guardiola came calling last summer.

With their big names all under long-term contracts, the only likely exits appear to be among the fringe players. Neto seems set to be replaced and will move on in search of increased playing time, his move to Turin at the age of 25 never truly making sense given the overshadowing presence of Gigi Buffon.

A midfield signing or two means that one or both of Stefano Sturaro and Mario Lemina will be surplus to requirements. The latter is reportedly closer to the exit, but neither have developed and improved the way their early showings promised they might, and Tomas Rincon has proven to be a more reliable and consistent role-player in the middle of the park.

There may also be new surroundings for two homegrown players at very different ends of the spectrum. The potential arrival of Douglas Costa and Patrik Schick should allow Moise Kean to spend 2017-18 out on loan, the talented young forward hungry to prove he is able to live up to the immense hype that has already built up around him.

Perhaps Paolo De Ceglie offers a note of caution on that front, the left-back set to turn 31 in September and finally ending his 22-year association with the club as his contract ends later this month. Few tears will be shed when his departure is confirmed, his career a study in disappointment, injury and seemingly endless spells out on loan.

De Ceglie’s debut came during the Calciopoli-induced campaign the Bianconeri spent in Serie B, a time that supporters will never forget, but one that the club has unquestionably moved on from in every regard. The future is bright for Juventus, who finally seem ready to enjoy a summer celebrating the players they sign rather than lamenting the ones they have lost. 

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Have your say...
Yes, keep trying to explain what Juve need....the team that has been to the CL final 2 out of the last 3 years. Forza Juve!
on the 20th June, 2017 at 7:13pm
Calm the hell down you people. Juve is more than capable with the same squad to reach another CL final, and for that I'm sure. The Problem is ; how you play in finals with a coach that don't have enough balls to go full throttle in such games? We demolished Bayern for 65 minutes in Allianz arena, played better than Real Madrid first half, then what happened ? The coach bottled it, as often he does. We might buy a couple of superstars, but I wonder how Allegri is going to fit them in a team?
on the 18th June, 2017 at 8:59am
All Juve need is a world class, not a world class clown.
on the 16th June, 2017 at 6:29pm
Juve need 2 or three players over this summer – I’d endorse/ suggest Douglas Costa or Willam Carvalho, Gianluigi "Gigio" Donnarumma and another striker; to cover injuries and compete (hopefully) again for a treble.

on the 16th June, 2017 at 4:20pm

in other words, the whole 2016/2017 Champions League proceeds reinvested to enforce midfield with force (Alaba) and class (Verratti)
on the 16th June, 2017 at 3:27pm
Juve lacked balls and centimetres in the middle of the pitch, in other words, Pjanic protected/assisted by Vidal and Pogba. Ooops, didn't they wear white and black stripes in the past?
on the 16th June, 2017 at 3:21pm
Don't knw where this Juve unable to afford Mbappe comes frm. Mbappe is an easy acquisition should Juve make an attempt, but they are not tht stupid to pay 100m for a 18yo when they have Kean in line and Dybala can finally get back to his best position. Tht kind of amount can improve other areas which are much vulnerable. The RBs r old, no prolific wingers and DM, no real Treq(Dybala is wasted) should 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-1-2 continues.
on the 15th June, 2017 at 6:10pm
Not sure what your talking about. Piguan was the 3rd highest transfer on record for 90mil. If they really want a player they'll find the way. I think its just that they need to be more careful then that debacle especially if their goal is trying to win ECL. 90mil for Piguan was a waste in my book.
on the 15th June, 2017 at 3:35pm
Realistically, Juve can't get the likes of Mbappe. I'd settle for Verratti, but even he may be out of their range.

Rugani - Bonucci - Chiellini
Alves - Verratti 70m - Pjanic - Sandro
Costa 45m - Dybala

This team might be possible, with a switch to a back 4 and perhaps the likes of Berardi, Cuadrado and Schick to play more in a more attacking 4-man attack
on the 15th June, 2017 at 3:25pm
Allegri n Juve r quite funny ppl. I dont knw the reason why Kean was left out of tht final becuz had he played tht game Juve would of won alrdy. So wht if he is a young lad? If u can play, u can play. A solid gd player need no consideration. Would u not include Messi/Ronaldo to fit ur system? Every time Kean came on the field he was exceptional n in those final 5-15mins, he showed wht Higuain is lacking. Physically better, alot faster, great ball control, n a keen sense of a poacher.
on the 15th June, 2017 at 2:20pm
Why would we try to sign him (we could if we actually tried), when we just signed Schick?. You do know who schick is right?.
on the 15th June, 2017 at 2:19pm
There is a major flaw in Juves roster. The players r not world-class Messi/Ronaldo n r unable to adapt in every type of game. Take Higuain for example: hes a great finisher, but mark him with a more physical defender and he is out. His decision making is poor, weak dribbler n takes out his life to outrun a child. None excels in 2 or more abilities, they either excel in 1 or excel in none but only just good in many. To win UCL, u need at least 3 starters excelling 3 or more abilities. Juve NIL!
on the 15th June, 2017 at 2:05pm
juve need to improve a lot, they were found wanting against title rivals last year, they let themselves down in the final against real. They need at least one quality proven striker and the midfield is weak, particularly a creative player, and the defence is getting on. They need a keeper who is almost complete to learn from Buffon for a year and then take over. there is a lot of work to do, Napoli and roma played better football last year, its going to get tough
on the 15th June, 2017 at 1:47pm
2 major things that I took from the final even if I knew this was so going into the final and before

1) Juventus need to improve the midfield personnel in terms of quality. Pjanic is the most creative of the lot but he is always found wanting in big games. He needs to be aware of how good he is as he is not that confident in his own ability.

2) Allegri or any other manager should take more risks, do not be afraid to lose especially in a 1 off.
on the 15th June, 2017 at 11:00am
@John Smith

You do realize that it's absoluely ZERO chance of Juve getting a player like Mbappe right? Juve ar not City, Chelsea, Man U, Real, Bayern and so on
on the 15th June, 2017 at 9:56am
Juve should either smash the cash on Mbappe or Veratti and one more 40 mill player or buy 3-4 35-45 mill players. Why did they let Tolisso go for 45 mill?
We need players like Costa, Tolisso, Isco etc to win CL.
on the 15th June, 2017 at 8:19am

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