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SerieAWeekly On July - 19 - 2011

Juventus Back to Work

Guest writer/Abdel Kader Zeidan

The last week has been an active one for Juventus, as we witnessed a change of direction in the transfer market, the team starting the pre-season training, Amauri receiving abuse from fans and an Iaquinta injury. Nothing out of the ordinary there.

Meanwhile at the Copa America last week every time Sergio Aguero grabs a goal, he seems further and further away from Juventus. Aguero’s stock has certainly risen and it would be very difficult for Juventus to bid against the likes of money-bags Manchester City and Real Madrid. As a result, Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta is being forced to focus attention on Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi.

Reports coming out of Italy and Spain suggest that personal terms have been agreed and that Juve and Villarreal will have discussions to agree the transfer fee. Rossi’s agent has confirmed that discussions have taken place both with the club and player and states he feels confident that a deal could be finalized soon. It is rumored that Juve have offered €25m and that Villareal are holding out for €30m. Juve are willing to meet Rossi’s €6m wage demands. Juve are keen to finalize the deal before they embark on their tour in America and Canada.

Juve may offer Felipe Melo in a player plus cash deal for Rossi. As a result rumors linking Lassana Diarra and Arturo Vidal to Juve have resurfaced.

Pre-season training commenced in the summer village of Bardonecchia. Over 3,500 fans were attendance to show their support for the players and the coach. There were some ugly moments when a group of fans jeered Amauri, the player’s agent later declared that his client wasn’t happy and could be forced to leave the club.

During one of the earlier training sessions, Vicenzo Iaquinta picked up a knee injury that will put him out of action for at least 20 days. This latest injury will undoubtedly create some hiccups for the injury prone World Cup winner in finding a new club.

In a press conference, Antonio Conte spoke to the media and stressed on the importance of rediscovering the winning mentality that used to be synonymous with Juventus.

    Antionio had this to say, “Alongside work on organisation and technical situations, tactics and physique, we’ll look to rediscover the Juve spirit. This is fundamental, the rest will come in time. It takes great desire to fight, to sweat, to end the game with a shirt drenched in sweat, showing attachment to the jersey. We need to understand that we’re Juve. And Juve is a synonym of victory. We’re working hard on this. The players have responded magnificently, they’re the first who want to erase these past two years, which have been less than happy.”

On a sadder note, the football world said goodbye to a legend this week. Fabio Cannavaro announced his decision to hang up his boots at the age of 37. Cannavaro pipped Giorgio Chiellini to fill in his shoes and achieve success with Juve and the national team.

In Calciopoli news, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli released a statement on the clubs official website threatening legal action in the event that the controversial 2006 Scudetto is not stripped from Inter Milan after new evidence had surfaced implicating Inter in sporting fraud.

    Agnelli said on the clubs official website, “I’d like to stress that every legal action will be carried out in order to preserve Juventus, if the sports system isn’t able to provide all members with equal dignity and treatment. It’s not time for bureaucracy, it’s time for essence.”

While both Milan clubs are growing through some off field controversies, Juve can conduct their Ritiro in peace. Marotta on the other hand will be a very busy man over the next few weeks trying to finalize some big name captures.

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