Italy’s most successful ever team, the old lady Juventus, are back at the top after the scandal of match fixing saw them demoted to the second division, stripped of titles and many of their players leave. The club won Serie A last year after going the whole season unbeaten in the league.
Their record goal scorer Alessandro Del Pierro has left the club on a free transfer and their attempts to sign a big name replacement in the summer were somewhat less than successful. They ended up loaning Denmark and Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner on loan with an option to buy, and have since admitted that they didn’t really want him all that much.
Bendtner is also, apparently, out of shape and the fans are not happy after being linked with Robin van Persie, Luis Suarez and Fernando Llorente. Most people expect Juve to strengthen their strike force in January, and Llorente was the favourite to get the nod. The Spanish striker has told his bosses at Bilbao that he will not sign a new deal and his contract is up next summer.
Talksport have reported, however, that Fernando Torres could be the man who Juventus go for. They believe that they can prise him from Chelsea for much less than the £50 million that Roman Abramovich paid Liverpool for the 28-year old. If Torres’ form is similar to last season’s then they might be right, but if his return to form continues, I doubt that Roberto Di Matteo will allow him to go anywhere.