Tuesday June 27 2017
Significance of selling Alex Sandro

No matter what the fee, Adam Digby feels Juventus would send all the wrong signals by letting Alex Sandro join Chelsea without a fight.

“The will of the player” is a refrain Beppe Marotta has begun to use repeatedly when Juventus lose one of their stars. It began with Arturo Vidal wanting to leave the Bianconeri in 2015, the Chilean expressing his desire to contend for the Champions League trophy with Bayern Munich, with Kingsley Coman soon following suit.

The club’s director general also uttered those words as Paul Pogba and Mino Raiola wrung every last drop of publicity from his return to Manchester United, but somehow that hurt much less. Indeed, the crassness of the Frenchman’s departure – which sadly for Milan supporters is currently being echoed by Gianluigi Donnarumma and his bizarre social media output – showed Juve fans that it was solely about getting paid and most were glad to see the back of him, his dab and his greedy agent.

However, over the past few weeks Marotta has revealed he rebuffed a major offer from Chelsea for Alex Sandro, insisting the 26-year-old was not for sale, only to simultaneously use his catchphrase to say the Bianconeri would be powerless to prevent him moving to Stamford Bridge if he wanted to go.


While nobody in their right mind would advocate keeping a player who vocally expressed a desire to leave, there is a vast difference between knowing that and willingly telling the Press that the club would not block a departure. Seeing the man tasked with building a squad to compete with Europe’s elite clubs admit he cannot stop anyone from moving elsewhere not only looks incredibly weak, but it removes much of the leverage he would have in subsequent negotiations.

It must be said that Marotta is a highly intelligent man, one who has learned and evolved over his seven-year tenure in Turin. From mistakes like Marco Motta, Jorge Martinez and even Hernanes, he showed last summer that every doubt over his ability was misplaced as he brought in the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Miralem Pjanic, not to mention extracting a world record sum from Manchester United in the Pogba deal.

It is easy to pontificate about what went wrong in Cardiff, about the reasons for the collapse of the team as Real Madrid ran out 4-1 winners. Easier still is to bemoan the fact that a huge gulf separates the Spanish giants – along with Barcelona and Bayern Munich – from the chasing pack, that the Bianconeri belong in a tier below, alongside the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid.

Yet the dominance of Serie A under Marotta’s stewardship means the club has gone from mid-table mediocrity to a record-breaking sixth consecutive Scudetto. It was he who appointed Antonio Conte and then replaced him with Max Allegri, but while the team has risen to the cusp of European glory, he must now prove he can take it to the next level.

Doing so does not automatically mean nobody will leave, but you would not hear Florentino Perez or Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confess they cannot retain their players. The Alex Sandro situation offers a perfect opportunity for Marotta to send a message to the very clubs Juventus are seeking to catch. You might be able to buy our stars, but it will be expensive, it will be difficult and it will be on our terms. “The will of the player” be damned.

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Have your say...
Madrid had two deflections and one goal where every defender, yes including Bonucci and Chiellini uncharacteristically watched the ball only. Madrid's midfield was better but this loss was just as much about bad luck and psychological collapse as it was about pure skill, if not more. We don't need major changes. We need to gel one more year.
on the 30th June, 2017 at 3:21pm
The rats are jumping the sinking ship.
on the 30th June, 2017 at 8:47am
Marotta knows when a player wants out and he will make comments like this about the will of the player only to entice a bidding war and jack up the price he's shrewd he knows he'll accept the current offer on the table knowing full well we have Spinazzola.

We have our youth talents coming up I just want to see a more Italian Juventus 5 italians in starting line up for 2015 final now only 4 in 2017 final

Please more italians
on the 30th June, 2017 at 8:33am
One thing is for sure being able to hold onto only Bonucci, Chiellini and Buffon every year is not going to win you the CL. I fear that Dybala will be next soon. Our midfield was sold off or disappeared already. Juve need to try and keep good players with a little more commitment. But I fear the only thing that will put real pressure on Juve management is another Italian team competing for the CL.
on the 30th June, 2017 at 12:03am
The Cardiff Champions League final proved that Juve was missing centimetres and personality in midfield. Most probably, with Vidal and Pogba in midfield and moving Alves to full back, Juve could have changed the result. Lesson learnt?
on the 29th June, 2017 at 6:21pm
We sold Zidane and we improved? How did we improve exactly? Zidane went on to win CL with and we didn't. That's the bottom line, isn't it? We cannot improve only for the serie A. That's done and buried for at least 100 years for any club to reach us. Our main focuse should be CL, and not to win it once in 20 years, but win it as much as Barca or Real Madrid have done it in the last 10 years. That would increase our revenue to be as big as R.Madrid.
on the 29th June, 2017 at 3:44pm
Wise Sage NVD :)
on the 29th June, 2017 at 1:02am
Sandro can't defend if his life depended on it and Allegri doesn't want to lose another final 4-1 or 3-1 so he's obviously getting rid of the track and field star in order to get players that can defend. This isn't football manager! Luciano Moggi is proving to not only be a bad man but a low IQ bad man. Juve already own Spinazzola who is already a better defender when called upon than Sandro will ever be.
on the 29th June, 2017 at 12:26am
If the player wants to go, then let them but only on your term. If 70MM is the price for Alex Sandro and it is offered, then goodbye unhappy player - preferably a bidding war ensues or better yet Alex Sandro wants to stay.

The EPL is a money pit, look at the wages on offer. We should not be trying to match all the time. Alex Sandro is great but he is no Maldini or Zambrotta.

As far as ambition, ambition does not need to be accomplished by being stupid. We sold Zidane and improved. Do it again.
on the 28th June, 2017 at 5:56pm
" has let some players go(ozil,khedira,di Maria) but they never let go the core of the team, Ronaldo etc. these players wins you tittles." Exactly, You sell your bench players but not your best players!!!!!!!!!!!! Idiot Marotta and probably Allegri too. If all you do is get rid of your best players year after year it says that you make wrong player selection, year after year. How good of a coach and team can you be if your constantly getting it wrong year after year?
on the 28th June, 2017 at 4:22pm
@napolista. It was, I am not proud of it but Hig does not offer us anything we didn't already have, I would have rathered buy back morrata! Yes agreed the stadium is too small. I think at the time they were worried by attendance due to the alpi being empty all the time, we made that mistake and others like you Roma Milans will build bigger ones knowing the advantage. Hig was a mistake! But it was a massive dig at you and Roma for pjanic. I am sorry for his cos now we have to try and sell him lol
on the 28th June, 2017 at 4:18pm
"We only bought him (Higuain) to smack napoli and show them we're #1"
That's a good one, mate.

BTW, I've always wondered why Juventus build such a small stadium. 40,000 seats is not much for a club that aspires to become one of European giants.
on the 28th June, 2017 at 3:17pm
I fear that we ll never win the UCL with Marotta and his pathetic attitude in charge. Plus we've just let our top scout go to Man Utd. The management is embarrassing us atm. If you're a top player, any transfer gets blocked until we win the UCL, simple as that. Whether you want to go or not.

I just cannot comprehend this management we are so close to being the best the only way to achieve it now is buying big players for big money. Yet we follow players like Berna, N Zonzi etc. Sack Marotta now
on the 28th June, 2017 at 2:21pm
Juventus don't need to sell to "balance the books" as Juve has been the top earning club in the Champions League for (at least) the 3rd consecutive year.
Juventus Stadium is bringing in more money with the new Alliance sponsorship and J Village is an exciting new prospect, while the Juventus brand is thriving in Asia and USA.

It's time Marotta realise the Juve is a distination and not a pit stop for players and tie down important players with lucrative contratcs instead of selling them.
on the 28th June, 2017 at 12:08pm
It's time Marotta let go of that small club mentality he brought with him from his days at Sampdoria.

Juventus mantra has always been that "we're not a selling club", and yet Marotta has been doing the opposite allowing players to leave every summer.

You don't keep players against their will... you keep players by making them feel motivated, creating a strong team spirit, investing to keep the team competitive fighting for titles, and improving players contracts according to performance.
on the 28th June, 2017 at 11:56am
I wonder what's the significance of kicking Allegri would be.
on the 28th June, 2017 at 10:41am
Selling the clown Allegri would be more significant.
on the 28th June, 2017 at 10:39am
...and marchisio,we were fine in that department for many years ahead. Why change that? We only needed a few enforcement in attack and full backs. Plus, you don't sell before you make your mark in European stage. Be a big players first, then you might sell your players with huge amounts, even when they don't cost that much. But first, have your mark in European stages by winning something first and being there in semis every year.
Juve seems to sell before reaching there and hence not winning.
on the 28th June, 2017 at 10:31am
There's nothing wrong to sell players but it's also essential not to sell the players you can build your team around. Juve did just that with Vidal&pogba. Also, I never understood why tevez left too early, cuz it came out that he didn't really want to finish his career at his hometown. Marotta never seems to get these things right. has let some players go(ozil,khedira,di Maria) but they never let go the core of the team, Ronaldo etc. these players wins you tittles. With Vida,Pogba...
on the 28th June, 2017 at 10:27am
My early assessment is proving right, especially as per and city want sandro. As a n attacking play good, but as a defender not so great, would rather have a defender that is good at that and can only contribute help rather than be an attacking outlet for more balance to the team, then we should buy bernedesci Costa to do their job ATTACK. If marotta can sel Hig aswell that would be nice! I would even be happy getting just 50m back. We only bought him to smack napoli and show them we're #1
on the 28th June, 2017 at 7:49am
Build on young Italians? That's the strategy? Finalists in the UCL 2/3 times and we should rebuild with young Italians. The young Italians that got whitewashed today by Spain? I'm failing to comprehend your rationale. And there's a time stamp substantiating my position stretching back 6 years. What's your inkling???
Are you guys serious?????????????????????
What happened to some Juve fans? Dear god.
on the 28th June, 2017 at 4:49am

Not sure how you think they can get 200m for that list of players you have. It'd be nowhere near it, unless all of them go to China at the same time.

And it's not just a matter of selling a bunch of players and buying another load in. Doesn't really work that way.
on the 28th June, 2017 at 3:53am
Bring back Moggi
on the 28th June, 2017 at 3:07am
How serious can Juve be of winning a CL when we consistently get rid of our best players year after year ?? We never replaced the departed Vidal & Pogba, and seemed to be one good midfielder away from winning the CL.... maybe we can get away with it in Serie A, but not the CL. The final proved this point, and painfully, I might add....

We will not be able to properly replace a good LB/LWB like Alex Sandro. Someone enlighten me on what Italian defender can fit the bill ???
on the 28th June, 2017 at 1:12am
Juve should totally rebuild their squad and purchase young Italian players. The average age of the starting XI is always quite high. Therefore, Juve should consider selling stars like Mandzhukic, Marchisio, Khedira, Bonucci, Lichtsteiner, Rincon, Assamoah, Kuadrado, Assamoah. These players have contributed a lot to the club but are in their 30s now and it's the right time to cash in on them until they have a financial value. Potential sum from their sales would be around 200 million euro.
on the 27th June, 2017 at 10:36pm
I think Marotta is doing everything right.
By selling Alex Sandro we'll have the money to buy Bernardeski (my #1 choice) and Douglas Costa (even though 50 mln is too much for this guy). We have Patrick Shick and Marco Pjacia. So we should be fine with forwards (someone has to teach Gonzalo to play good in final games). We will need to boost the midfield (again Bernardeski,Merret,Lemar,Darmian(good price)).
on the 27th June, 2017 at 10:27pm
Marotta is right to sell A. Sandro for nearly 70 million euro. Juventus have achieved 7 consecutive scudetti. Therefore, most of the players are not that hungry for titles. In my opinion, Juve must rebuild and sell all veterans like Bonucci, Marchisio, Mandzukic, Kuadrado, Rincon, Assamoah, Lichtsteiner, Khedira. These players are great but they're in their 30s. They still have value but it will not be the case in a year or two time. Juve could get around 200 million euro for them if selling now
on the 27th June, 2017 at 10:25pm
There are two reasons why Juve are selling, One after the CL final a lot of players are demoralized and feel the need for a change! Reaching CL finals isn't enough to keep your best players winning those finals is what keeps them. Second reason is Money and i feel Marotta's comments make perfect sense there is a need for change and cashing in on players that feel most demoralized isn't a bad idea!
on the 27th June, 2017 at 10:24pm
Alex Sandro must leave Juventus if he is to fulfil his potential. He deserves a chance with the big boys.
on the 27th June, 2017 at 10:24pm
Soccer in general has gone down hill big time. Players are treated like gods. They sign contracts for 5 years and then leave in 6 months. If a player wants to leave then you shouldn't beg him to stay. I don't care if its Sandro. Hes no Roberto carlos. This is Juventus. if he wants to leave let him go.
on the 27th June, 2017 at 9:46pm

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