UDINESE AIM TO KEEP DUO

Udinese director Fabrizio Larini has said that the club faces a tough fight to keep the midfield duo of Mauricio Isla and Kwadwo Asamoah from the prying eyes of Juventus.

Mauricio Isla and Kwadwo Asamoah have been sensational for Udinese this season. They have been largely responsible for their charge up the table, despite losing the likes of Alexis Sanchez in the summer.

However, this summer does not seem to be different for the Italian club after Juventus have been credited with interest in the services of both Mauricio Isla and Kwadwo Asamoah. Fabrizio Larini has revealed that Juventus have entered into advanced negotiations with the club in order to sign the pair.

Juventus will be hoping that both Mauricio Isla and Kwadwo Asamoah will be valuable additions to the squad, which recently won the Italian Serie A title after a long time. Juventus will also be looking to make significant inroads into Champions League knockout stages as well. The club has been on the decline since its last final appearance in the Champions League back in 2003. However, they could well be set for a return to the upper echelons of European football.

“In the last few days we have had some preliminary meetings with many different clubs to understand reciprocal requirements. In particular Juventus manifested their interest in these two players, but so also did Arsenal FC. Juve are an important club and it’s difficult for us to say no when faced with certain teams and players who want to go as high as possible in their profession, not to mention economic advantages. We are aware of the siren song reaching the ears of our players and it could distract them,” said Fabrizio Larini in a recent interview.

Losing high profile players is certainly not new to Udinese, who have always found replacements.

JUVE RETIRE NUMBER 10

Juventus recently submitted a proposal to retire the number 10 won by legendary striker Alessandro del Piero, who is all set to leave the club in the next month.

By doing so, Alessandro del Pirlo will bring to an end an allegiance with Juventus that began back in 1993. He has been with Juventus during all these years after having faced a lot of disappointment and ecstasy with the club.

He was part of the Juventus team that played in the second division of Italian football for the first time in their history when the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic choose to leave the club.

He has been part of the Juventus team in all this years and he has had the opportunity to go out on a high this season. Juventus won their first league title since 2003 this season, but even more impressive was the fact that they had gone unbeaten throughout the season. Alessandro del Piero was given the perfect send off by the Juventus fans after he scored a trademark goal against Atlanta in the final match of the season. Due to his contribution to the club, it has been discussed among the Juventus board that the number 10 should be retired forever in his memory.

Alessandro del Piero, though, has said that it is not the right move by the club. Former AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo has also echoed the same thoughts. “Juventus wanted to retire the number 10 shirt now that Alessandro is leaving the club, but he asked them not to do so. I agree with his decision. It’s unthinkable that someone will be up to Del Piero’s legacy soon, but I am sure someone will, in the future. I am staying with 21. I’ve always had it and I want to keep it,” said Pirlo.

WHY I HATE JUVENTUS

Juventus ensured that many in the footballing world would hate them when they were heavily involved in the match fixing scandal that rocked Italian football in 2006.

Juve cheated their way to successive Serie A titles.

They were punished but after a series of appeals they were in a position to return to the big time within just a couple of years; finishing third in Serie A in 2008 and runners up in 2009.

They returned to the Champions League just two years after being found guilty of buying two league titles.

Had Juve’s initial punishment been upheld they would have, rightly, been finished as a major force in football for a few years. Being relegated two divisions and handed a 30 point penalty would have ensured that, even with a flawless few seasons it would have been 5 years or so before they returned to Serie A. Instead they now look set to be in contention for the league title in 2012 as well as looking good for a spot in the Coppa Italia final.

With Players such as Nedved, Buffon and Del Piero staying at the club they have given all the more reason to hate Juve. These are three of the most iconic players to have graced the pitch over the last decade and had they walked out, as Thuram, Ibrahimovic and Cannavaro did, they could have truly outed Juventus as the disgrace to Italian football that they are.

The Italian league and football in Italy is still tarnished by the actions of Juventus and a few others in the years leading up to the 2006 verdict but the impact on Juve is long gone. Just six years since being found guilty Juve will in all probability lift a trophy at the end of this season. If there was any justice they would be finished and be rotting away in the lower leagues of Italy with no hope of a return any time soon.

KRASIC DIVES

This probably isn’t a surprise to anyone who follows Italian football, but just look at how Krasic tumbles when he enters the box against Bologna.

Juventus fans must be so proud…!

BUFFON EYES EXIT

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has said on more than one occasion he would like to remain with the Bianconeri yet he left the door open for a move away from Turin by stating his fate is in Juve’s hands.

Buffon is still considered as one of the world’s best goalkeepers however the Bianconeri are having a miserable season and are looking to rebuild in order to bring back success. The Old Lady might consider cashing in on Buffon to help raise more funds to buy additional players to fill the gaps various positions but particularly the full-backs, midfield and attack.

Reports claim Juve have begun the search for alternatives and might consider Federico Marchetti who plays for Cagliari. The club will also need two full-backs, one centre-back, a midfielder and a striker. Clearly Juve cannot be conservative during the summer and must sign new quality players in order to compete for titles.