The transfer saga continues at Juve

Posted by Mina Rzouki

Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty ImagesFor now, it does not look like Paul Pogba will be leaving Juventus.

It was hardly surprising that when the time came to hand out awards, Juventus would be on hand to receive the highest number of honours in the Gran Gala del calcio. Awarded the best team, run by the best Coach and boasting the player of the year, again, 2013 was a blessed year for the Bianconeri and the triumphs look set to continue.

Yet papers continue to wonder whether this squad can add just enough to make a dent in Europe, or whether they will be forced into forgoing some of their prized assets. Speaking after the awards ceremony, Andrea Pirlo, voted the best player in the league, insisted he was staying with the Turin giants.

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But what about his younger teammates, Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba? While it's unlikely Juve will let go of the Chilean in the summer, there is a possibility they will cash in on the French youngster, simply because the figure offered just might be too indecent to refuse. However, the player is very attached to the squad and especially his coach, who he credits for developing him both as a man and a player. Ambitious and intelligent, Pogba envisions glory and the chance to play for the likes of Barcelona or Arsenal, as he admires their footballing style. Yet he is also aware of how much Juventus have done for him and how bright their future looks. An exciting project with a tactician who believes in him -- is he ready to let go?

The Old Lady have always been a side to nurture talent and then sell to the highest bidder and the trend looks set to continue once they are confident their strategy will continue to produce the desired result. Armed with a coach capable of turning the good into champions, Beppe Marotta & Co. are confident that whomever they will bring in will soon develop within the ranks. So adept are they at scouting young talent, it's their ability to assess the mental strength of the player that has seen them negotiate so successfully in the transfer market.

If Vidal were to ever leave, the player who was infamous for his indiscipline at Bayer Leverkusen but is now the leader of the Bianconeri on the pitch, Juventus are confident they can find and develop another just like him. Youngsters are already being monitored and characters are already being assessed, but right now or even next year, Vidal is unlikely to be sold.

Of course there is always the possibility of Fredy Guarin coming to Turin. While the player sent out positive signals by returning to Inter training earlier than expected, his agent has admitted they are in the dark as to the player's future. Milan is not where he wants to be and the midfielder still harbours hope that Juventus will be able to take him over the summer, when it's thought the relationship between the two clubs will be somewhat better.

Right now the situation is too raw and yet the Nerazzurri have not given up hope of bringing Mirko Vucinic in. A sale it seems Andrea Agnelli may just allow to happen with replacements already being tracked.

Pablo Osvaldo is the latest forward being linked to the Old Lady. The player knows the Bianconeri management well and once jokingly asked them to take him to Turin. Why? He pleaded he'd be good because the city offers few temptations and it's unlikely he would rebel in such "calm" surroundings. Serenity, he insisted, was the key to unlocking his potential.

The interest in the current Southampton player is not surprising. Putting his delicate psychology aside, it's impossible to deny his talent. Powerful, technical and intelligent, the forward combines so many skills making him one of the best in the world. Sadly, it may be that he lacks the necessary mental strength to push past emotional barriers.

Vucinic, at the moment is the only good alternative to Juve's front two, Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente. Boasting intelligence and technique, he raises the level of play in the final third in a manner that Sebastian Giovinco and Fabio Quagliarella cannot. If he was to depart, then Osvaldo is good enough to take his role.

Under Conte, the Argentine will be kept on a short leash and will be forced into taking responsibility for his actions. It may serve him well to play for such an ambitious coach and a man who has developed such formidable men. However, the pressure that players are forced to play under at Juve might prove too much for the forward. He once admitted he felt happier in Spain as he could live his life and perform in the games without the drama he seems to suffer in Italy -- a country that is football mad with fans demanding non-stop goals.

Whether or not the Bianconeri management will take the gamble remains to be seen, especially considering the figures quoted. Southampton shelled out a lot of money for the Azzurri international and as such, will want as much as six million euros if Osvaldo is sent out on loan or, 16 million euros if Juve wish to purchase him outright. Such figures seem to be too high for a player that has fallen out with members of his own squad and viewed as a liability, but it will not too difficult to negotiate should all of Juve's hierarchy agree to the transfer. Time is of the essence.


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