Monday January 8 2018
Juve sit out January sales

While others look set to fix their squads, Juventus seem set to keep their powder dry this January. Adam Digby thinks this good news for supporters of the Old Lady.

Even in today’s world of 24-hour football news, the start of the January transfer window still sees rumours and speculation intensify. Given that the biggest clubs always generate the most interest, it is no surprise to see that Italian coverage focuses heavily on Juventus, Milan and Inter, their huge fan bases generating more internet traffic than all of their rivals, regardless of their respective League positions.

At every Press conference over the past few weeks, Max Allegri has been pressed about various stories concerning arrivals or departures from his squad, the Coach quizzed about Paulo Dybala, Emre Can, Stefano Sturaro and everyone in between. He has, as usual, batted away those questions, quick to tell the journalists present that while he of course has a major influence, decisions about buying and selling players are the responsibility of Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici.

Yet while Allegri simply dismisses almost every scrap of speculation thrown in his direction, supporters are left wondering just what to expect from those in charge of the Bianconeri chequebook. So far, January 2018 has been quiet for Juve, loaning the fit-again Marko Pjaca to Schalke to allow him to gain some much-needed playing time, in a system that will benefit both the player and the Old Lady.

The promising Croatian winger has been unable to stay healthy long enough to have any impact in Turin, but he netted on his debut for the Bundesliga outfit, helping them to a 2-1 friendly triumph against Genk. That bodes well for the future, as does the widely-reported news that Emre Can has already agreed to join Juve when his contract with Liverpool expires in the summer, making him the latest in a long line of superb, free-agent acquisitions.

However, while that move will continue a tradition which includes Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Dani Alves and Sami Khedira, fans of the Bianconeri will hope that the lack of other genuine targets means another long-standing habit of Marotta and Paratici has come to an end.

Indeed, while the two directors deserve immense credit for their work in assembling what remains a superb squad of players, their efforts each January have been almost laughable in comparison. Able to attract the likes of Arturo Vidal, Miralem Pjanic and Gonzalo Higuain in the summer, the winter periods have seen them instead opt for signings like Marco Borriello, Dani Osvaldo and Tomas Rincon.

“The January transfer window is about repairing your squad and fortunately we are covered in all departments,” Marotta said over the weekend, and that seems to largely be true. Another central midfielder would of course help, but if Can is to join in June then spending now seems unnecessary, and Stephan Lichtsteiner will surely be added to the Champions League squad for the knockout rounds to ease the pressure at right-back.

Perhaps a few minor moves will happen, with even a chance to sign Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante being touted in recent weeks. Yet the 22-year-old will almost certainly remain with the Bergamo outfit until the summer, meaning this will be a month with no tangible changes in Turin.

Given their past mistakes when spending in haste, that will perhaps be no bad thing for Juventus.

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Have your say...

The news of OZIL joining Juventus are gaining momentum!
Apparently the myth of the bianconeri instilled in the German "fantasista" by Howedes and Khedira! The magical family of Juventus painted beautifully in words, apparently, to the other German EMRE CAN as well!
If so the job of our CEO, Mr Marotta, must be plain sailing!
on the 17th January, 2018 at 3:44am

Juventus will eventually have to replace Lichtsteiner, Asamoah, Marchisio and Sturaro, with the situations of a trio of players still up in the air. They are Pjaca, Bentancur and Kean.
A gargantuan task to replace all 7, so our CEO might try to somewhat minimize the changes in personnel. We can discount any rumours and grapevine certainties as until a player signs on the dotted line, he isn't ours and it is only speculation.
Also the Juventus bench lacks a "real" third striker.
on the 15th January, 2018 at 6:27pm

Picked from the "free transfers".
Our CEO has to decide if to go for a good prospect, with a view of a real, eventual, challenge to SZCZ, with the added bonus of a fat "plusvalenza" in a couple of seasons, or if to go, instead, for a good, reliable understudy with his contract ending on June 2018.
Added to all this he has to explore the maths of the "vivaio" rule, as in Pinsoglio's case, opting in this case on an ex-Primavera to play his part in the 5 home grown rule.
on the 15th January, 2018 at 4:39pm
I see a very well planed strategy by Juventus, as far as central defenders go. Already on the books the best young stopper, possibly, in the world, the excellent Caldara, the bianconeri also have within reach the best prospect in Italy in Romagna.
Young Romagna infact has a "buy back" clause in favour of Juventus. The leading team in Serie A is happy to let Romagna progress at Cagliari, and when ready and needed he'll be back in the legendary Juventus black & white jersey.
on the 13th January, 2018 at 2:16pm
@ Var this yr. offsetting? Hahaha boy shut up and stop being dumb pls. One of the most stupid comments i have read here so far.
on the 12th January, 2018 at 12:38pm
@ VarThisYEAR

Milan butthurt fans detected. LOLOLOLOL
on the 12th January, 2018 at 9:02am
as far as january window, it is not for troubled teams. do you think barcelona is a troubled team? yet they signed coutinho
on the 11th January, 2018 at 7:01pm
The difference between Cagliari vs Juve and Napoli vs Crotone: In both games there was a hand ball (of course subjective), but lets say they both were. There were no other calls to off set the lack of Berna's hand ball. However, in napoli's game.. the match was offsetted by the ref not calling the foul on Koulibaly. Cagliari got robbed, Crotone didn't
on the 11th January, 2018 at 7:00pm
A bit harsh for the article to criticise the signings of Borriello, Osvaldo and Rincon. The reason for such low key signings was precisely because Juve didn't need major changes just an extra body as backup. All 3 won the Scudetto, Borriello scoring a crucial goal v Cesena and Rincon sold at a profit.
on the 9th January, 2018 at 5:50pm
Winter sales is for troubled teams, example: Milan. They bought bunch of mediocre players in summer and expected them to be world class players. What an idiot! LOL

Yo Mirabelli! Are you inspired by our legend Antonio Conte? And you expected ex Roma player to do miracles for Milan.


Meanwhile, Marotta did decent job in summer so he won't need to buy new players in winter transfer.
on the 9th January, 2018 at 8:31am
Anonymous: On the same fixture, Napoli escaped a penalty as well. If you're an Inter fan, you're just pathetic. Go look at the combined point tally of the past 6 seasons for Juve and any other team you "think" they deserved the scudetto, compare them and let me know how many favors from refs can cause such a gap. You know what... don't get back to me. Just go cry in your lonely corner.
on the 9th January, 2018 at 6:26am
Crying over a penalty not given for bernadeschi trying to stick his chest out, but ignoring Mertens attempting to catch a goal bound effort with both hands is a tad hypocritical.
Pot, kettle, black.
on the 9th January, 2018 at 2:04am
Yes, policy of "act only if needed".
Basically if big money offers will come into play, then Mr Marotta will have to act, with Juventus best interests in mind.
on the 9th January, 2018 at 1:40am
Anon- I have a still image showing Bern's arm wasnt even in the box when the ball hit it. AT MOST a freekick outside the box, quit crying.
on the 9th January, 2018 at 12:06am
Cristante (No chance he leaves La Dea this season) or Wilmar Barrios from Boca(Outstanding young talent who has a style of game built for Serie A. Bring back Kean early from his loan. We dont need much and the players coming in during the up coming summer will be enough(Can, Caldara, Spinazzola).
on the 9th January, 2018 at 12:04am
Getting Goretzka in January might be wisest, before the rest come in for him in the summer.

And adding Lichtsteiner to the CL is a no-brainer. Why he was left out of the group stages is beyond me.
on the 8th January, 2018 at 10:31pm
6 months is a long time to integrate new purchases
on the 8th January, 2018 at 6:14pm
Regardless of who they buy, the players arm will appear to be a chest therefore clear penalties will be ignored propelling them to another false scudetto. #2006alloveragain
on the 8th January, 2018 at 6:02pm
What's the point of buying in January when the ones brought in the summer are playing as backups, except perhaps Matuidi? It takes Max Allegri 6 months to fully integrate new purchases.
on the 8th January, 2018 at 3:24pm

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