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Juventus Looking To Build On Record Breaking Season

juventus-s-timesWhile the champagne is still flowing in Turin as Juventus celebrates a fifth-consecutive Scudetto, the club is already working on next season’s plans and a return to the Champions League final.

Any transfer plans for the summer start with the future of Paul Pogba and general director Giuseppe Marotta is eager to meet with his agent Mino Raiola to see if he could postpone an inevitable departure until at least 2017.

I expected Pogba to leave last summer and I would be stunned if the midfielder stays in Turin for another season. If he does depart, Juventus will ask for at least €85m for the 23-year-old. Meanwhile Marotta has pencilled in Valencia’s Andre Gomes as a possible replacement for Pogba.

With Real Madrid expected to exercise their buy-back clause on Alvaro Morata, Juve have a need for another striker. PSG striker Edinson Cavani has been linked with a return to Serie A but Morotta was coy in the Champions interest in the striker,

“At the moment, there is no chance that Cavani will join us,” Marotta said in an interview with Radio Kiss Kiss. “We are complete in the striking department and don’t need any more players.

“However, we are always evaluating possibilities in the transfer market and you never know what will happen during the window. It is hard to predict because anything can happen.”

In defence, Leonardo Bonucci has been declared off limits from transfer offers but Juve are keen on freshening up the right flank with someone like Silvan Widmer, Sime Vrsaljko or Mattia De Sciglio.

With three games to go, Juventus are 12 points ahead of their nearest challenger, and it looks like closing the gap next season is going to be extremely difficult for Napoli, Roma and Inter.

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