Juventus set for summer clear out


Defending Serie A champions Juventus are in line to make some changes this summer, following the announcement of Aaron Ramsey on a pre-contract in Turin.

The Welsh international continues the club’s policy of signing established players on free transfers,with the support of a substantial salary, as they look to pursue European glory in the next few years.

However boss Max Allegri is also likely to make other signings alongside the Arsenal midfielder, with bids for Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt, Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Sporting Lisbon schemer Bruno Fernandes rumoured to be on the cards.

This is likely to mean other players heading for the exit door from the Juventus Stadium over the summer months, with Allegri showing in the past the his is willing to wield the axe on some of his experienced stars.

Defenders Andrea Barzagli and Martin Caceres are both out of contract at the end of the season, and are unlikely to be offered a renewal based on their injury record and playing time in 2018-19.

Moroccan international Medhi Benatia has also played a bit part role this season, and he is set to move on, with rumoured interest from clubs in Qatar for the former Bayern Munich centre back.

With the arrival of Ramsey, Allegri will also have to makes changes to his midfield in order to accommodate him,and that is where there could be some big name departures.

Douglas Costa and Juan Cuadrado could both be potential candidates, despite both players being under contract until 2022 and 2020 respectively.

Brazilian international Costa joined last summer, after a loan spell at the club in 2017-18, however he has failed to live up to his huge price tag from less than 12 months.

He has started just seven Serie A games this season, and has failed to nail down a regular place in Allegri’s starting line up, with fellow summer signing Federico Bernadeschi featuring more prominently for the runaway leaders.

Cuadrado played a key role for the club during two loan spells from Chelsea between 2015 and 2017, however he has also seen his role reduced this season, and may be looking to move on.

Both players will command a high fee, based on their reputation, however Juventus may be forced to accept a bargain fee if they want to offload two of their higher wage earners.

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