2008/09 will be a season that all faithful Juve fans have been waiting for. Return to the Champions League and a real title challenge awaits them, and with these challenges must come new players.
Dario Knezevic chose Juventus to end an embarrassing transfer derby between Juve and Torino (Livorno President Franco Spinelli had sold Knezevic both to Juve and Torino). Amauri completed his big money move to Juventus a couple of months ago, and Olof Mellberg and Albin Ekdal joined in January. Sebastian Giovinco and Paolo De Ceglie returned from loans, and Lanzafame and Criscito were given over to Palermo and Genoa respectively. Now for the midfielder all of us have been waiting for.
Along with the Cristiano Ronaldo fiasco, Juve’s search for a midfielder has been one of the most popular football soaps in Italy so far. First it seemed as though Xabi Alonso was a done deal, then Liverpool wanted more money. Then it was announced Dejan Stankovic had signed from Inter, but the fans rejected him.
Bastian Schweinsteiger said he would join if Germany won EURO 2008, but they didn’t. Alberto Aquilani was convinced to join Juve in a deal that would bring Vincenzo Iaquinta to AS Roma, but that now seems improbable. Miguel Veloso was apparently too costly, and then Christian Poulsen popped up.
Then, just messing up the whole saga even more, Juve announced they were trying to sign Zaragoza striker Diego Milito to replace outgoing striker Vincenzo Iaquinta (Trezeguet said he didn’t want to leave). Xabi Alonso has come up again, but, in order to pay Liverpool, Juve need to sell Tiago and Almiron soon because they have to announce the new midfielder next week.
This is my ideal Juventus 2008/09 starting lineup:
DF: Grygera, Mellberg, Knezevic, Chiellini
MF: Sissoko, Poulsen, Aquilani
ST: Del Piero, D. Milito, Amauri
That team is worthy of the treble. What do you guys think?