Juventus made a big statement of their intentions for next season by spending more than 37 million euros Wednesday as they signed four players.
Juve took up their option to buy out the full contracts of Alessandro Matri, €15.5 million from Cagliari, and Fabio Quagliarella, €10.5 million from Napoli, after the strikers impressed last season in the Bianconeri colours. They also completed the signings of midfielder Simone Pepe, €7.5 million, and defender Marco Motta, €3.75 million, from Udinese.
Matri, Pepe and Motta have all signed new four-year contracts with Juve while Quagliarella signed a three-year contract.
Juventus had a really disappointing season last year, finishing outside the European qualifying places in seventh position in Serie A. They have been really active in the transfer market this summer, having landed left-back Reto Ziegler (Sampdoria) and midfielders Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan) and Michele Pazienza (Napoli).
The only thing missing from Juventus’s transfer dealings is the signing of a big name superstar. Italian media has reported bids for Atletico Madrid’s Sergio Aguero and Udinese’s Alexis Sanchez, while the club has also been linked with Roma striker Mirko Vucinic and Villarreal’s Giuseppe Rossi.
The Juventus board meets Thursday and one of the items on thee agenda is an injection of capital, reported to be around 100 million euros. That money would then be used to sign new players.
Juve are also expected to raise some cash by selling a number of players from a bloated squad with strikers Amauri and Vincenzo Iaquinta the most likely to depart this summer.