New Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has managed to sooth the pain felt by Antonio Conte’s departure with some shrewd business in the transfer market.
The Italian, who was sacked by AC Milan in January with the club residing 11th in the table, has moved quick to snap up Alvaro Morata and Patrice Evra from Real Madrid and Manchester United.
He faces a sterner challenge to keep midfield duo Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba out of the clutches of England’s finest, but for now has done enough to appease fans worried by Conte’s surprising exit.
In Morata they have purchased a raw talent, with years of football at the highest level ahead of him.
Pangs of sorrow will be felt over in the Spanish capital at losing such a promising youngster, a true Madridista, but for £15.8 million the money proved too hard to decline for the European champions.
The 21-year-old, who scored nine times in 34 appearances for Carlo Ancelotti’s men last campaign, had been linked with a move to England with north London sides Arsenal and Tottenham keen but will instead ply his trade in Turin from now on.
Morata will compete with the likes of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente for a place in the side, but given his potential may prove a crucial asset if they are to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive Scudetto crown.
Evra’s experience key
The decision to swoop for Evra after Manchester United had bolstered their squad with the addition of Luke Shaw is a good move for both club and player alike.
After eight glittering years on in Manchester, the Frenchman will be hungry to add the Serie A title to the list of honours won under the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
Conte failed to win the Champions League during his time at the club, and Allegri recruiting a player with Evra’s experience could be a huge step towards hitting heights his predecessor never could.
The 33-year-old lifted the trophy after United beat Chelsea in the final in 2008, and also started both the 2009 and 2011 final defeats to Barcelona.
Question marks remain over his defensive capabilities, but he remains a huge offensive threat with his dynamic pace and acceleration.
Enough for the title?
Whether Allegri’s transfer business is enough to keep the title in Turin remains to be seen.
Napoli are now the favourites with Rafael Benitez moving for Michu and hoping to tie up a deal for German international Christoph Kramer in the next few weeks.
However, for now, there is enough evidence to suggest next year’s Serie A title race may be the most exciting of them all.