Juventus intends to return to the very top of European football and Serie A champion is dominating this summer’s transfer window so far in order to achieve that goal. Just yesterday, Juventus have confirmed the biggest transfer of the summer is complete – they signed Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli for a record €90 million.
After losing Arturo Vidal last summer to Bayern Munich, Juventus realized their dominance in Italy isn’t enough to put them level with Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern. Juve decided to change that with big transfers this summer and although they’ve sold Alvaro Morata back to Real Madrid and will probably lose Paul Pogba to Manchester United, Serie A champions have put together a remarkably strong team. Along signing Higuain, Juventus have also added midfielder Miralem Pjanic from Roma for €32 million, 21-year-old Croatian international Marko Pjaca from Dinamo Zagreb for €23 million, Dani Alves on a free transfer from Barcelona and centre-back Mehdi Benatia on loan from Bayern Munich. Along young forward Paulo Dybala, legendary Gianluigi Buffon, defensive wall of Chiellini, Bonucci and Barzagli and veterans like Evra, Marchisio, Khedira, Mandzukic, Hernanes and Lichtsteiner Juventus will be without question one of the best clubs in European football next season.
DOMINANCE IN ITALY
Juventus have won five straight Serie A titles but this summer they made their dominance in Italy even bigger and made Serie A even less competitive. Napoli finished second behind Juve last season while Roma was third behind Napoli. However, Juventus raided both clubs of their very best players – they signed Serie A best scorer in Higuain from Napoli and Roma’s creative mastermind Miralem Pjanic. The imbalance in strength in Serie A is starting to resemble Paris Saint-Germain’s dominance in the French league. Juve’s best player Paul Pogba is on the verge of leaving Turin for Manchester but Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is convinced he will have one of the best squads in Europe regardless of the future of French international.
Higuain could just be the player Juventus needed to return them to the apex of European football. Alvaro Morata did get them to Champions League finals two years ago but Argentinian international could bring back the spirit of Alessandro Del Piero as the true leader of this team helped by compatriot, Argentinian wonder Paulo Dybala in the attack. Juventus decided to splash the cash – €90 million for 28-year-old striker who scored an incredible 71 goals in only 104 Serie A matches for Napoli, including 36 in 35 games last season to break the record for a single season. This is the biggest amount of money both paid and received by an Italian club ever. This kind of money could once again set in motion huge transfers all around the Europe in the race among biggest clubs. It already started with Napoli who just one hour after Higuain deal was announced, revealed that they have signed Ajax striker Arkadiusz Milik for €35 million, which is a record transfer for a club from the Netherlands.