Juve set to abandon Lippi players

Posted on 24/03/2010


Juventus are set to clear out any players that Italy boss Marcello Lippi advised them to sign in the summer.

Lippi was expected to return to Juventus after the World Cup this summer and allegedly had a hand in the club’s transfer strategy at the end of last season.

The 61-year-old tactician, who enjoyed two very successful stints with the Bianconeri, apparently recommended the board re-sign Fabio Cannavaro from Real Madrid and also buy the likes of Fabio Grosso and Felipe Melo.

All three have flopped disastrously leading to talk of a complete overhaul in Turin this summer.

La Gazzetta dello Sport understands Cannavaro can exclude any chance of having his contract renewed in the summer.

Grosso has another year on his contract, but he will almost definitely be flaunted on the market.

Even the players Lippi had or signed while in charge of Juventus between 2001 and 2004 – like David Trezeguet and Mauro Camoranesi – are no longer safe.

The board is also hoping that Melo puts himself in the shop window while playing for Brazil at this summer’s World Cup so Juventus might attract a large bid from an English club for his services.

There is even talk that a bid of around £32m for Gigi Buffon would not be rejected, such is the need for funds to radically change the existing squad. 

Source: Football-Italia