By Domenico Latella | Goal.com
Finding solutions for players in a motionless transfer market is always a big problem. The new Juventus directorship know this well. But before they can giveLuigi Del Neri the finished article in terms of a squad, they have to rejuvenate the team, cut costs, reduce the squad size and, perhaps, deal with some tension.
Often, though, the wills of a club don’t always fall in line with players. The directors want people to go, but not all are always willing to do so. Many prefer to remain, knowing they will not have a chance in the team, but they want to keep earning and watching from the bench.
Currently there are 11 players who could realistically leave Juventus, a team with nine full internationals.
Here is the formation in a 4-3-2-1 setup.
Alex Manninger: With the arrival of Marco Storari, space for the Austrian goalkeeper could reduce drastically. Despite Gianluigi Buffon’s absence, Del Neri has decided to rely on his former Sampdoria man. Therefore the question for Manninger is either stay in Turin as third choice, or move to another club.
Hasan Salihamidzic: He is still injured with a problem to his tendon that has been affecting him for quite some time. The player knows Juventus don’t rely on him for next season and the club is looking at other clubs for him. Until now the most intriguing offer has come from Greece, Paok Salonika made an offer, but he prefers to stay in Turin and cure his injury.
Grygera: Before buying the Bianconeri must get rid of some players and the stopper could be used as bait to lure in targets which the club are working towards. Grygera for Stuttgart’s Khalid Boulahrouz, or Michal Kadlec of Bayer Leverkusen who can adapt to play on the left – a position in which Juventus are short on resources.
Zebina: Zebina is one of those players who the club expects to take a pay cut. Rather than do that, he seems close to resciding his contract having been linked with AEK Athens and Paris Saint-Germain. The French club are in financial troubles, but the prospect of signing him on a free deal is appealing.
Grosso: The left-back, a hero during Germany 2006, doesn’t have many suitors, perhaps that is down to his non-presence in South Africa during the World Cup. Atletico Madrid made an enquiry, but his high wages make the transfer a difficult one.
Felipe Melo: Melo is the hinge of Juventus’ transfer scales, but he cannot be undervalued after the club spent €25million for him 12 months ago. Arsenal have been alert for the midfielder, but both Del Neri and Giuseppe Marotta have decided to put faith in him in an attempt to revive his career next season.
Poulsen: He is one of the easier players to get rid of, especially if he pays more interest in the 10 or so clubs that want him around Europe. He seems to like the Liverpool idea and they are said to have made a €7m bid for him. Roy Hodgson was his former coach at Copenhagen and he wants him at Anfield. But, landing him will be far from easy.
Tiago: The Portuguese midfielder seems at the end of the line with Juventus. Atletico Madrid continue to show a strong interest in him and want to make his loan move from last season a permanent one. Both clubs appear to have agreed on a €5.5m transfer, but the player is expected to slash his current €2.8m wage per annum pay.
Camoranesi: Camoranesi is another thorn in Juventus’ side. He has had plenty of interest from Olympiacos, Hercules and Olympique Marseille, but he has shrugged his shoulders at all of them, hopeful Milan will come along. The Rossoneri are also believed to be keen on the Italian. He was linked as part of a swap deal involving cash and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, but Milan are not ready to lose their striker.
Giovinco: These are Giovinco’s last few days as a Juventus player with Parma banging at the door. He has been on the way for a while. Bari were keen to snap him up, but the latest indications are that he has settled for Parma who will pay Juventus around €3.5m for a loan deal that could be closed this week.
Paolucci: Cagliari, Brescia, Bologna and Chievo have all lined up for the striker. He is on a co-ownership arrangement between Siena and Juventus. Despite a poor season, several clubs are interested enough in making a serious move for him.