Despite boasting an already formidable strike-force Juventus could pull off one of the signings of the summer if successful in their pursuit of Monaco forward Radamel Falcao.
The Columbian, who only joined the French outfit last summer from Atletico Madrid, is said to be unhappy over in Monte Carlo and has also been linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. The 28-year-old boasts a reputation as one of the finest marksmen on the planet and any move to Serie A could bolster Massimiliano Allegri’s hopes of continuing their recent spell of domestic dominance.
Having succeeded Antonio Conte following the Italian’s shock resignation last month Allegri needs a marquee signing to give his reign the perfect start.
Patrice Evra and Alvaro Morata have arrived from Manchester United and Real Madrid, but swooping for a forward with Falcao’s pedigree would strike fear into defences across Italy’s top flight. Rivals Napoli and Roma have strengthened with the acquisitions of Michu and Ashley Cole, but a move for the Columbian forward would dwarf their transfer business by comparison.
With Arturo Vidal still on Louis Van Gaal’s radar at United, signing the ex-Porto starlet would provide the perfect tonic if the Chilean does indeed leave for Old Trafford as widely expected.
Despite already boasting Morata and Argentina striker Carlos Tevez, Falcao would be the true leader of the lean to enable him to find his best form in the black and white colours of the Old Lady.
Utilising Tevez just behind would see their style of play slicken, and would also give them greater protection when without the ball against the superpowers of the game in the Champions League.
He found the net 11 times in 19 appearances during his maiden, injury-hit season on French soil, having left Atletico with a stunning 70 goals in 91 games.
Whilst at Porto he scored 72 times in 87 matches, but his track record indicates that Juventus will be gaining a genius capable of the sublime and delivering yet more silverware for the current Scudetto holders.
Juventus still face a huge challenge from Madrid for the striker’s signature, with Carlo Ancelotti prepared to spend big to lure the Columbian to the Santiago Bernabeu following the departure of Angel di Maria to Old Trafford.
Arsenal have also been linked with Falcao following Olivier Giroud’s leg break, although Arsene Wenger has insisted that new signing Alexis Sanchez can fill the void instead. Chelsea may also enter the race if Fernando Torres ends his Stamford Bridge nightmare with a move to Serie A with AC Milan, despite splurging big money on Diego Costa already this summer.
Falcao would be one of the biggest names to grace Italy for years, and a huge coup for Juventus. His arrival may also be enough to prompt a quest for success on the European stage.