With Maurizio Sarri coming in at the start of the season, replacing Massimiliano Allegri who had served five years as manager, Juventus entered a new tactical phase in their history – which they are still very much transitioning into.
Sarriball, likened to a vertical tiki-taka style of play that utilises a high press, looks to shift the ball freely from defence to attack, controlling possession with short quick passing.
The squad Sarri inherited undoubtedly have the ability to play this way, however, Juventus have shown that they are very much beatable this season and will look to add firepower to improve and, in some cases, ease the workload.
Here are four positions Juve can improve on next season and suggested transfer targets.
Having only one natural left back at the club in Alex Sandro, Sarri is looking to alleviate the pressure on the Brazilian international and sign a backup/rotational player.
Mattia De Sciglio has shown he is capable of filling in on the left, though the naturally right footed player often looks uncomfortable in the position…and is usually injured.
Emerson Palmieri is a player Sarri is familiar with from their time together at Chelsea. The pacy wing back has struggled to make a lasting impact under Frank Lampard and could be set to re-unite with Sarri at Juventus.
Valencia’s technically gifted Jose Gaya would be a great option for the Old Lady too. However, Los Ches have placed a lofty minimum release clause of around £87m on him, though that figure may be lowered with a swap proposal. Alex Telles is another left back Juventus are monitoring, there is high interest in the Brazilian as it looks increasingly likely that he will be leaving Portugal in the summer.
Since leaving Barcelona for Benfica in 2015, Alex Grimaldo has blossomed into one of the most exciting full backs in Europe. The Spaniard has shown great technical ability going forward, is well-rounded defensively, and would fit into Sarri’s system perfectly.
Sarri is not one to shy away from dropping big name players in pursuit of tactical proficiency and, as such Miralem Pjanic has found himself the victim of being benched toward the latter stages of the campaign.
Sami Khedira, Adrien Rabiot and Sami Khedira are also rumoured to be leaving Turin in the summer as Juve plan a midfield overhaul. Sarri prefers a holding midfielder and two dynamic central roles in his midfield diamond, with big names being linked it will be interesting to see how this transpires.
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is linked with a sensational return, but Juve face tough competition, most notably from Real Madrid, who are keen to secure the Frenchman’s services in the summer.
Rising star Kai Havertz looks set to move on from Bayer Leverkusen, Europe’s elite are thought to be keeping tabs on the 20-year-old. Havertz is a complete player, he can defend, score and dictate the flow of the game from multiple central roles.
Sandro Tonali has emerged as one of the most exciting Italian prospects, a diamond in the rough at Brescia, Juventus are rumoured to be monitoring the 19-year-old closely. Due to his calm playing style, impressive vision and passing range, Tonali is very highly regarded in Italy, many believe he is the heir to the masterful Andrea Pirlo.
With Juan Cuadrado often deployed as a right back and Douglas Costa rarely fit, Juve could look to enter the market for a new right winger.
Federico Bernardeschi hasn’t managed to rekindle the form that made Juve sign him from Fiorentina in 2017, and Sarri could render him surplus to requirements come the transfer window as the Old Lady look to strengthen.
Juventus are believed to be closely monitoring Valencia winger Ferran Torres. The 20-year-old has been one of Los Ches’ standout performers this season and is looking increasingly likely to leave the Mestalla this summer. The Spanish Under-21 international is seen as a traditional winger that likes to hug the touchline, burst past defenders and put a dangerous ball into the box.
Fiorentina right winger Federico Chiesa is also on Juve’s radar, though they may face tough competition from Manchester United and Inter. The 22-year-old looks set to leave his boyhood club in pursuit of a new challenge.
With Higuain seemingly set to leave this summer, Juventus could be in the market to sign a new striker come summer. Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala remain Juve’s only two central forwards if Higuain was to depart, so Sarri may look to add another body here.
Juventus are reportedly very keen on Manchester City starlet Gabriel Jesus. It is understood that Juve are willing to offer Douglas Costa as part a swap deal to lure the Brazilian to Italy. Jesus finds himself second to Sergio Aguero in the striker pecking order at the Etihad and may look to seek more regular first team football elsewhere.
it would certainly take a lot to prize Harry Kane from the vices of Tottenham, their talisman has become an NBA-like franchise player in north London, though Kane may be tempted to leave in his pursuit of the silverware that continuously eludes Spurs. Juventus would be mouth watering fit for the Englishman, should he tempted by the increasingly attractive Serie A he would certainly be lifting trophies.