Saturday February 2 2013
Juventus transfer review

Juventus did little in the January market to excite fans or impress critics. Antonio Labbate puts their dealings under the microscope.

Best signing? Well, a signing…

With Lucio gone, Giorgio Chiellini injured and Kwadwo Asamoah off to the African Cup of Nations, something needed to be done. It was no surprise when Juventus turned to Federico Peluso, the Atalanta player who they had chased during the summer. Although able to play on the left-side of a three-man defence and as a wing-back, his early Juventus form has raised doubts over his quality. A ‘make-up the numbers’ signing.

The transfer that came 10 years too late

Nicolas Anelka, 33, wasn’t the swoop that fans expected or wanted. Having ‘resigned’ from top-level football by moving to Shanghai Shenhua in January 2012, he’s now back – over a decade after Juventus first chased his signature. At that time he was a player who could potentially make the difference, now he’s the biggest gamble of the January transfer window – even if the costs involved to net him on a short-term deal are relatively small.

He was just too expensive

Striker Didier Drogba was the dream, but an impossible one for Juventus. His move to Galatasaray from Shanghai Shenhua will see him net around €10m for the next 18 months, unreachable figures for the Italian champions who spent just €1.5m last month on Peluso’s loan. Compare those wages with Anelka’s basic €600,000 contract and it’s clear why the 34-year-old was never close to the Turin giants.

The striker lottery

Anelka may have come in, but Juventus spent most of the month unsuccessfully looking to acquire another striker. Manolo Gabbiadini and Ciro Immobile, who the Old Lady co-own, wouldn’t be released by Bologna and Genoa respectively. The latter also wouldn’t free Marco Borriello. Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas refused to hand over Lisandro Lopez on Juve’s terms and there was even a late bid for the over-priced Ishak Belfodil of Parma.

Pack your bags

Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella may want to start looking for a new club. It’s clear from the amount of action they have seen this season, and Juventus’ inexhaustible search for new attacking options last month, that the club’s faith in them is on the wane. Neither are the ‘top player’ which the club have spent three years searching for in attack, but were the strikers targeted in January a significant upgrade on them?

Moves for the future

Juventus’ best work this month came with regard to next season. Beppe Marotta and Co finally wrapped up a deal with Fernando Llorente. The Spanish international striker will join on a Bosman in June when his contract at Athletic Bilbao expires. Sampdoria’s Andrea Poli also looks a likely arrival to strengthen their central midfield alternatives for 2013-14. Meanwhile, the capture of 18-year-old Ecuadorian Jose Cevallos is a swoop of potential.


It would be easy to criticise the Old Lady’s market moves in a month where Milan spent €20m on Mario Balotelli and Inter over €10m for Mateo Kovacic. But don’t forget that they had to sell to finance those swoops. Juve sold nobody, their squad – arguably the strongest in the Division – remained as it was and that shouldn’t be ignored. Peluso and Anelka may not be difference-making captures, but they come in to fill holes. Perhaps more could have been done to net Lisandro, but it’s clear that the club felt there was little on offer in Italy or Europe to merit a significant financial sacrifice. 

Have your say...
....i'm SURPRISED at the majority of comments made here. Lorente i thought (hope) will be a SUPERB INVESTMENT?
on the 5th February, 2013 at 9:02am
I don't know what's all the fuss about. Considering that this is a January Transfer Window, I think Juve did well. Anelka is a cheap version of Drogba and I'd rather we went cheap for a back up player. Peluso was one of the well respected Italians in that position. So far he has not been good, but he needs some time to settle. The only player I'm not happy about is Llorente which adds nothing on our current striker roster. I like Matri a lot and prefer him to lazy Mirko and inconsistent Qaug.
on the 4th February, 2013 at 11:17am
I do not want to see quags go, i do want to see matri go. Let go of bentder, matri, anelka in the summer, that leavs us with quags, giovinco, vucinic. Vucinic is our best striker, llorente is no better then those 3. This is a joke, along with marrotta, he should be the director of a small club.
on the 3rd February, 2013 at 10:42pm
am juventus fans since 1994,what i want my team 2 do is to find a good keeper,after that is to tired to bring cavana at any coast..fozzzzzza juve
on the 3rd February, 2013 at 10:15pm
i'm ajuventus fan since 1995.The capture of the vetran Anelka is not a good deal done by juventus. van persi should have been the perfect signing,he should have make the defference.
on the 3rd February, 2013 at 9:02pm
I am juventino since 1980 juve want stoper man and good striker i suggest to pay the team good stoper like vidic and ramos bine voyee
on the 3rd February, 2013 at 5:24pm
However we have a long way to go as our 8 point xmas gap @ top of the table is now slash to 3 and to go Far in europe you need to score more goals and concede less.Honestly I'm scared bcos we might end this season with out any silver wear due to selfish interest of some people. Forza juve.
on the 3rd February, 2013 at 8:48am
As a juve Fan since 1991 I'm not happy with the way conte and Marotta acts on the Genoa result. If both of them did their home work well I don't think we need a last minute penalty to sealed a win against a relegation zone team,its obvious juve fans we have been deceived my Marrota from speculative signing of Vanpersie,Cavani etc and end of with Bendtner and Anelka which I believe Delpiero is far better and need 2 more years compared to aforemention attackers.
on the 3rd February, 2013 at 8:35am
I am getting nervous about Juve. I don't think Marotta is capable of building a team. They need to get into semis of the CL, in order to increase revenue. The lack of a striker cost them the coppa, and may cost them another scudetto...
on the 3rd February, 2013 at 5:39am
Conte's behaviour after the Genoa game was disgraceful and an embarrassment to the club. He must have enjoyed his time behind glass, because he obviously couldn't wait to get back there. We have been hit hard by Chiellini's absence, but that is no excuse. The defence are doing their jobs, but have been let down time and time again by pathetic finishing. Giovinco and Marchisio should be begging all Juventus fans for mercy.If we lose the Scudetto to that mod from Naples, then heads must roll.
on the 2nd February, 2013 at 10:45pm
Juventus wasted the January window.
Juventus needed a left back and finisher.
They should have made a move for Rossi from Villarreal.
I have been a Juventus fan for 30 yrs and see the club
going through a new cycle,without world class players
Juve need a Baggio/Del Piero.
If Juve aren't careful they will be a normal average team
Instead of one of the front runners!!
on the 2nd February, 2013 at 9:56pm
I believe juventus have moved shrewdly in the market. We should only spend huge if we need to. Of note is that napoli and fiorentina have bought players in a manner which suggests that they are preparing for exit of cavani and jovetic. Serie a would do well to keep both players there to add to buzz created by balotelli and youngsters and juve should bag jovetic and possibly cavani.
on the 2nd February, 2013 at 7:13pm
oh my haha juve have a great midfield and attack but marotta is ruining juventus long term i dont see them being strong, whereas Milan are building and galliani and berlusconi have set out a structure and plan and seem to be able to make great negotiations.

Forza Milan, from London.
on the 2nd February, 2013 at 5:55pm
If we lacking up front why not sign Del Piero & Trezegol till end of the season ??? Infact we should have never released them in the first place...

Moggi said Llorente is on the same level as Matri & Quagliarella & I agree with him, therefore I'm hardly excited about his signing.
on the 2nd February, 2013 at 5:20pm
Well,to me this is just a start for juventus this the starting point where juventus is going to be leaders of europe ,i admit it wasnt hell of a signing but i believe conte is going to make wise signings in the summer such as the enquiry of llorente well he is not world class but potential of leading the attack of the old lady.I assure you juve will shine next season just wait and see
on the 2nd February, 2013 at 4:58pm
Since the start of the year Juve has won 1 game in normal time yet Conte is satisfied? They have played awful and threw away the Coppa italia that I am still FURIOUS at. The signings of Anelka and Peluso isn't enough by a long way.
on the 2nd February, 2013 at 4:32pm
Hmm. I had hoped for a striker. Juventus really need to splash out 20-25 mill. on a top 20 striker in Juli. Llorente is good but not worldclass.
on the 2nd February, 2013 at 3:35pm
Marotta will keep on buying time until Juventus is knocked down.His philosophy is "we shouldnt spend as long as we're top of the league". He's just making fun of Juve fans. Juventus were never in the market to sign anyone.Just pretending to sign big to silence critics and they end up saying "every player we wanted is overpriced".
We're sick of it.
on the 2nd February, 2013 at 1:55pm
I wish La Vechia Signora had used the Anelka money to free Llorente early from his contract this truly would have been good business ,however we do not know what Bilbao wanted. A pressing issue as it has been for the last 3 years is the engagement of a serious finisher. We cannot continue to create as many opportunities and keep spurning them as we did against Samp,Genoa and Lazio as we all know the end result! Fora Juve!!!
on the 2nd February, 2013 at 1:44pm
and Anelka! well i have to agree! its 7 to 10 years too late! as a stop gap we will see! but i seriously doubt marrota has wat it takes to get the real tope level signings! and the wastage on below average players adds up! we have a surplus of strikers who are just not good enough if it wasnt for the midfield we wouldnt be where we were! and Poli! seriously! what does he bring that we dont already have?! guess we will just have to wait and see what happens now, Forza juve always!
on the 2nd February, 2013 at 1:40pm
another farce in the transfer window! Peluso is not worthy of the shirt and neither is padouin! De cegle is at best an average squad player too! Juves left side is way too weak esp withough asamoah! how can napoli go an get armero and rolando ON LOAN! and juve couldnt? more as was Michel Bastos really that bad a player for the left side?! hes gone to Shalke on LOAN! again the lorente deal was dragged out WAAAY to long and he doesnt really look like the player to push us up a level! ok as a free
on the 2nd February, 2013 at 1:36pm
Agreed with the article. And Costacurta, I wouldn't have minded selling Matri to finance a move for Lopez, but I'd rather use that money to buy a serious striker in the summer.
on the 2nd February, 2013 at 1:35pm
The squad players are a long way off the quality of the first team regulars. Isla, Giaccherini, Peluso and Padoin are provincial team players and are just not good enough. Chiellini is a massive miss, not just because individually he is one of the best defenders in the world, but because the Buffon, Barzagli and Bonucci, Chiellini unit is without equal. I believe Anelka will score goals, he has spoken very well and he clearly wants to prove he can still do it at the highest level.
on the 2nd February, 2013 at 12:42pm
The notion that "they had to sell to finance their transfers" is a bad thing is nonsense. I assume most bianconeri would be happy if Matri and Quagliarella were sold and a striker with potential came in. Otherwise it seems obvious that the side that sits top of the table doesn't need as much tinkering as a Milan team that rebuilds, a Napoli team that is chasing the scudetto and an Inter team that's trying to make up ground to the CL zone. And Llorente is a fantastic striker who comes for free.
on the 2nd February, 2013 at 10:45am

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