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Juve’s Shopping List Rumoured To Include Chelsea’s No#9

Juventus are looking into the possibility of bringing Chelsea’s Fernando Torres to Serie A, according to a report in The Daily Mirror.

‘The Old Lady’ are enjoying a fine season and have surprised many observers across Europe after finishing in seventh position in the 2010/11 campaign.

Juve are unbeaten at this late stage of the season, and sit in second position in Serie A, four points of leaders Milan.

Misfiring frontline

Andrea Pirlo has been brilliant this year, but the midfield maestro’s talents have been wasted due to a misfiring frontline. Manager Antonio Conte has given each striker their chance, but all have failed to deliver.

Fabio Quagliarella, Mirko Vucinic, Alessandro Matri and Marco Borriello. All talented players in their own right, but none of them have lead the line effectively or scored enough, something which looks to have cost Juve the Scudetto.

Conte will definitely need to bring in a top-class striker if he wants his side to compete in the Champions League next year.

The Bianconeri last appeared in Europe’s elite tournament two seasons ago, before being embarrassingly knocked out of the Europa League by Roy Hodgson’s Fulham.

Would Torres fit the bill in Serie A?

The Spaniard has so far failed to justify his incredible £50 million tag since his move from Liverpool in January 2011, scoring just seven goals in over 50 games.


Despite this dismal record, I still believe he is a truly world-class talent. I often refer to the old adage of ‘Form is temporary, class is permanent’, although with an 18 month ‘bad patch’, Fernando is pushing it a tad.

Roberto Di Matteo has described Torres’ problem as ‘psychological’, an odd thing to say if you ask me. Maybe a fresh start in Italy is just what he needs.

At 28 years of age, Torres may have lost a yard of pace, but he is still very quick, something that would be a great advantage in Italy’s top tier. If  Torres found his mojo in Turin, he could tear up Serie A.

The question is, will Chelsea perservere with him for another season? Probably. Although they may be tempted to cut their losses, I just can’t see it happening.

Didier Drogba is showing barely any signs of his age, but if he gets injured, who would be there to vill the void? Daniel Sturridge is good, but I don’t think he’s quite at the level to become Chelsea’s main striker. Not yet anyway.

Robin van Persie, Higuain, Torres, Klasnic?

Juventus have also been linked with a host of other top attackers including Gonzalo Higuain (ESPN) as well as Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez (Metro).

Any one of van Persie, Torres or Higuain would make them instant competitors amongst Europe’s elite, they simply must buy a striker.

I didn’t include Suarez in that list as he is possibly the most overrated player in the world. In 21 Premier League starts, the Uruguayan has only managed to score six goals, make three assists, and bring disgrace upon the name of football.

Bolton’s Ivan Klasnic has a better record with only 14 starts, and this guy has had two kidney transplants.

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