The squad returns to practice, Juventus hire new executive and miss out on Todibo


Juventus resumed practicing yesterday after the Winter break and Joao Cancelo worked partly with the rest of the group, so his recovery from a meniscus removal is progressing as expected. He will likely be held out for the Coppa Italia match on Saturday, but he has a chance to be available for the Supercoppa, which will take place the following Wednesday. There were no updates with Andrea Barzagli, who has been dealing with a significant thigh strain for about three weeks, while Juan Cuadrado is ways away from coming back after his knee surgery.

Juventus announced the appointment of Filippo Fusco as 2nd teams area manager, reporting directly to Federico Cherubini, who is the head of the football teams and technical areas and basically Fabio Paratici’s right-hand man. Fusco will oversee the U-23 and U-19 sides and the players on loan. The 49-year-old official most recently served as sporting director at Bologna and Hellas Verona.

A bigger decision could be in the works, as several outlets are reporting that Andrea Agnelli is set to meet with Maurizio Arrivabene, who was recently ousted as Ferrari’s team principal, to set up his entrance in the Juventus management. Arrivabene has been a board member since 2012 and might be elevated to CEO, a role that is still technically vacant after Giuseppe Marotta and Aldo Mazzia were not retained, or simply join the finance team to focus on marketing, which was his area of expertise before moving to Formula 1. Arrivabene has often been regarded as Agnelli’s mentor, as the two worked together at Phillip Morris’ branch in Lausanne from 2001 to 2004.

Juventus are always monitoring opportunities on the free agent market, and, as confirmed by his agent, they were after Toulouse’s prospect Jean-Clair Todibo, but the 19-year-old defender will not be moving to Turin since he has agreed to a future contract with Barcelona.

Speaking of transfer market, Sky Italy has drawn up a chart of the investments of the top clubs in the past three years and Juventus rank first, a hair over Manchester City, with the €608M spent to buy players. However, the table only considers the costs and not was cashed in from the sales. Cristiano Ronaldo (117M), Gonzalo Higuain (90M), Joao Cancelo, Federico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa (40M) and Leonardo Bonucci (35M) had the highest price tags in this recent stretch.

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