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Exclusive with Nicola Balice: ‘I think Dybala wants to renew’




Nicola Balice, journalist of, Corriere Torino and Corriere dello Sport, thinks Paulo Dybala wants to renew his contract at Juventus, but that everything depends on the offer from the club. He also told Max Statman exclusively about Juve’s winter mercato, the plans for next summer and some players that are on the shortlist. “There’s also a name like Milinkovic-Savic, but that’s a very difficult target.”

Of course we know that Vlahovic signed for Juve, but names like Aubameyang, Martial and Scamacca passed by. Were Juve concrete for any of them?

“Yes, for Aubameyang and Martial there were many discussions and contacts, because Juventus tried to find a player on loan for 6 months. When Andrea Agnelli and John Elkann took the decision to buy Vlahovic, all the other targets were free to go where they wanted. But it was a new decision, a change of the original idea. Scamacca was a plan B for the future”

Aaron Ramsey joined Rangers on deadline day, even though Max Allegri already said that the Welshman would leave at the beginning of January. Why did it take so long for Ramsey to leave?

“Because he refused every proposal from clubs of the 2nd or 3rd line in the Premier League. It was a problem of motivation. Ramsey still thinks he’s a top player today and he wants to play to win titles. Juventus tried to sell him in June, July, August. He said no to Burnley, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers and other clubs. For Juventus, this was a problem, because if Ramsey had left in August, they would have taken another midfielder, Witsel for example.

In the rest of the season there was a big problem between Ramsey and Allegri, who wanted to play Ramsey like a regista, like Pjanic, Arthur or Locatelli in this Juve. Ramsey didn’t accept this technical use. And so with his salary, there is no future for him at Juventus. For Juventus, Ramsey is out of the project, the team, out of everything. Ramsey wanted to go to the Premier League, but a big club. The perfect solution for him was returning to Arsenal.”

There was lots of talk about Cagliari’s Nahitan Nandez joining Juve in the last days of the window. How close were the Bianconeri to singing him?

“They were near, but also not so near. The distance was in the type of transfer, Cagliari wanted an obligation and Juve didn’t. The difference was an obligation or solely the option. The player also wanted an obligation, because he didn’t want to return to Cagliari at the end of the season. There was also a difference in the total price, because Cagliari had to pay a part of the deal to Boca Juniors. Nandez was an idea, but only on the conditions of Juventus. On Sunday, Juve understood that the conditions weren’t their favourite.”

Can we say that Juventus didn’t want an obligation because they only wanted Nandez for the rest of the season and then go after a big name in midfield this summer?

“Yes, it’s one of the reasons. Now it’s time to take decisions and find the right player to strengthen the midfield this summer. Some names are on the radar: Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax), Frenkie de Jong (FC Barcelona), Youri Tielemans (Leicester) and also a name like Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (SS Lazio), but that’s a very difficult target.”

So a midfielder is the big target this summer?

“I think yes, but it depends on two situations. The renewal of Paulo Dybala, because if he leaves Turin, Juventus must buy another big player to replace him. We must also take the situation of Matthijs de Ligt into consideration. If Juventus sell De Ligt, they’ll need two defenders to replace him, one is not enough. Juventus is at work to find the right name(s) to succeed De Ligt or Dybala, or both.”

At the moment, nobody seems to be able to say if Paulo Dybala will stay in Turin or not. Do you think that he’ll renew?

“I think that Dybala wants to renew, but it depends on what offer Juventus confirm or change, because he said yes to the offer of 8 million euros plus 2 million in add ons in October. If Juventus change that and make an offer under 8 million, it will be a problem. I think that Juve’s new offer will be lower, above all on the agent’s commissions. We must see the situation, it’s not easy. I think that the best thing for Juventus and Dybala is to continue together.”

Are Juventus looking at Nicolo Zaniolo and Giacomo Raspadori as potential replacements for Dybala?

“Looking at them? Sure. For Zaniolo, Juventus are in pole position from 2 years ago, when they had contacts with his agents and family. Also, Zaniolo is a Juventus supporter since he was a child, but there are many things to analyse. He has had a lot of injuries and a contract at Roma. He must first discuss with them, but Zaniolo is a Juventus target.

Raspadori is on the list, but Sassuolo ask too much at the moment. Raspadori is not the first target as of today. I think that if Dybala leaves, Juve need a top player to replace him.”

Juventus also bought Federico Gatti from Frosinone last week. Is there any relation between Juve’s interest in Torino’s Bremer and the Bianconeri buying Gatti?

“I don’t know, many people think that. After the acquisition of Gatti, it’s more difficult to buy Bremer, I think. He is a target for Juventus as of today, also for Milan and many other teams in the Premier League. Inter is the absolute favourite, if they sell Stefan de Vrij, Bremer is the number one target. Inter is in pole position for him. Juventus are is search for a new defender and Bremer is one of the names.

Botman is another player on Juventus’ radar, but Milan is in pole position for him and also many Premier League clubs want him. The money of the Premier League is a problem for every club in the rest of the world, haha. Juventus is also thinking about some players on a free transfer at the end of the season like Rüdiger, Christensen, Romagnoli, Süle, every one of them is an idea for Juventus.”

Is that also because, like you said before, De Ligt could leave?

“If De Ligt remains at Juve, they only need one defender. If he leaves, they need two. In that case, one of the two must be a starter, a big name. For De Ligt there’s very strong interest of Chelsea, more so than from Barcelona. The total defence of Chelsea needs to change. Rüdiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta will leave Chelsea and Thiago Silva is 38 soon. And so Chelsea wants to change their defence and De Ligt is their target number one. Often when Chelsea want a player, they take the player.”

Jurre van Wanrooij is a writer and lead match analyst for Max Statman. He was born and raised in The Netherlands, where he still lives. He is studying journalism and that’s why he joined Max Statman, so that he could develop his writing. Apart from Juventus, he also support PSV Eindhoven, the club closest to his home. The goal is to give you guys the best information about Juventus in English and be as reliable as possible.


Exclusive interview with Mirko Di Natale on Milinković-Savić saga, Chiesa and Vlahovic future — incomings, departures and more

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In an exclusive interview with Mirko Di Natale, a prominent journalist at Tuttojuve, we had the opportunity to delve into the pressing questions surrounding Juventus.

With the transfer market in full swing, fans are eagerly seeking updates on various players and potential targets.

From the potential involvement of Nicolo Rovella in the Milinković-Savić deal to the uncertain futures of Dusan Vlahovic and Federico Chiesa, there is much to discuss.

Additionally, the absence of Parisi from Juventus’ radar and the chances of Nicolo Zaniolo joining the club this summer have also piqued curiosity.

Furthermore, the situations of McKennie, Zakaria, and Arthur, who are reportedly likely to leave, are of great interest.

Lastly, the futures of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Cambiaso, and Kenan Yildiz at Juventus are subjects that demand attention.

Let’s delve into these questions and gain insights from Mirko Di Natale, a trusted source in the world of Juventus reporting.

1. Milinković-Savić is a hot topic at the moment, my concern is if Nicolo Rovella is involved in the deal. What’s the actual situation for this saga?

“Milinkovic-Savic is a player that Juve will always like. And he’s one of Allegri’s dreams. I’m working to understand if there will be a meeting next week with Lazio to talk about him. What I can say for sure is that Juventus have already had an agreement with their agent for some time now.”

2. Dusan Vlahovic and Federico Chiesa future remains uncertain, what’s the plan for them?

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“Chiesa and Vlahovic weren’t happy with last season. There are many rumors around them, but neither of them – today – officially communicated to the club their intention to leave Juventus. For Juventus, they are two very important players, but if both or one of them ask to leave and there’s a big offer, then negotiations can start. On the contrary, they’ll stay in Torino.”

3. Juventus are missing out on Parisi and what are other Juventus targets this transfer market?

“Parisi is on standby, Juve spoke about him with Empoli but there have been no more meetings. Juventus are still on Parisi, the answer is yes. But many clubs want Parisi, not just Juve. Juventus are thinking about transfers, then they will think about signings.”

4. Nicolo Zaniolo is still a Juventus target? What’s the chances for him arriving this summer?

“Zaniolo, as he himself said, would like to go to Juventus. There are no negotiations with Galatasaray, there has been some contact to talk about other players as well.”

5. What’s the current situation on McKennie, Zakaria and Arthur who have reportedly likely to leave?

“The situation is very clear, they are three players who are no longer part of Juventus’ plans. Zakaria is very close to West Ham, there is optimism to close this deal well. Many clubs like McKennie, but so does Arthur there are no negotiations yet. With one difference: some good offers may come for McKennie, for Arthur it will be more difficult for me. Pastorello will have to do a great job.”

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6. Then finally, what about Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Cambiaso and Kenan Yildiz future at Juventus?

“Bonucci wants to stay at Juve, but he earns a lot. I’m following the possibility of his possible farewell, but nothing concrete yet today. Cambiaso will start retiring, there are some requests from him for a loan (Bologna). Juve will evaluate his situation in the coming weeks. Yildiz will remain, he is non-transferable.”

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Exclusive interview with Fabiana Della Valle on Juventus punishments, Vlahovic’s future, Rabiot and Di Maria latest plus more




Max Statman and Forza Juventus’s Max Aimé-Thierry sit down with La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Fabiana Della Valle, one of the most reliable journalists when it comes to Juventus, to talk about the Bianconeri.

Fabiana Della Valle said that Juventus are confident that the penalty of 15 points will be removed, and confirmed that Dusan Vlahovic is among the players who could leave Juventus in the summer if it doesn’t make the top four in Serie A.

She also said that it’s too early to talk about Massimiliano Allegri’s future, while Juventus hope to sell Denins Zakaria next summer, plus more as found below:

What do you think of Juventus’ punishment? Your personal opinion.

I am amazed that such a strong sanction has been reached and I am curious to read the reasons. In general, I think it would be fairer to punish the club with fines and bans on managers without penalizing the players and fans.

What are the sensations within Juventus after the club’s punishment?

There is the conviction of having suffered an injustice but also the confidence of being able to overturn the sentence.

Something about Allegri’s future after reports of possible contract terminations or renewals?

I think it’s too early to talk about it. He’s solid right now, but a lot will depend on how the Juventus season ends.

Which big names do you think could leave Juventus in the summer, especially if they fail to make the top four?

Rabiot for sure, which is expiring, Cuadrado and Alex Sandro will not renew. Without Champions Dusan Vlahovic could be tempted by the Premier.

Latest updates on Adrien Rabiot’s contract extension and other possible departures..

It will be hard to keep him, especially now. Juve may have a chance if there are no big offers for him. I believe that Di Maria will return to Argentina at the end of the season and that Paredes will not be redeemed.

Will Arek Milik be a regular Juventus player in the summer?

In his case, the redemption is a bargain (€7 million) and I think Juventus will keep him, also because they are doing very well.

Denis Zakaria had some good performances at Chelsea. What are the chances that they will trigger the release clause?

The possibilities are there and Juventus are hoping for it because a sale will be inevitable in June.

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No contact between Juventus and Luis Enrique




There’s no contact between Juventus and coach Luis Enrique, Max Statman was told by transfer expert Nicolò Schira. The Spanish coach left his position at the Spanish National Team this morning after a disappointing World Cup exit against Morocco.

Massimiliano Allegri’s return to Juventus hasn’t been a big success yet. The Bianconeri started the season poorly and even crashed out of the Champions League in a group with PSG, Benfica and Maccabi Haifa. Before the World Cup break, Juventus climbed the league table and managed to secure 3rd place after a run of good results. Still, Allegri’ spot wasn’t the most secure one in the world.

Many Juventus supporters opted for replacing the Italian coach with Luis Enrique. The ex-Barcelona coach announced that he would be leaving the Spanish National Team on Thursday morning, but there’s no signs of Enrique joining Juventus, Nicolò Schira said. According to him, Enrique is in contact with Atletico Madrid to become Diego Simeone’s successor.

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