Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is correct in his assertion that Manchester United loanee Radamel Falcao was not needed over in Turin.
The Serie A giants, who are battling to win a fourth consecutive Scudetto and to also make an assault on the European front, were reportedly in the running for the Colombian’s signature prior to his deadline day switch to Old Trafford.
However, having already bolstered their strikeforce with the arrival of Spanish forward Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, and their squad already boasting a plethora of attacking talent, few tears will be shed on their failure to secure Falcao from French side Monaco.
If they had been successful in their pursuit of the 28-year-old then they would have arguably the best striker in the world plying his trade in Turin.
Falcao may have missed six months and this summer’s World Cup through injury, but when fit and firing is capable of enchanting on the biggest stage’s the sport has to offer.
He fired Portuguese side Porto to Europa League glory with Andre Villas-Boas at the helm, and left for Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid having scored 72 times in 87 appearances across his three seasons at the club.
Whilst in Madrid he continued to thrive, and scored 70 goals in 91 games as well as delivering the Copa Del Ray, helping to overcome fierce rivals Real Madrid in the final.
Even during an injury-hit first season in sunny Monte Carlo he still managed 11 goals in 19 appearances, and had found the net twice in the space of three games prior to his shock deadline day move to the Premier League.
Even without the sensational striker, Juventus already boast an attacking juggernaut capable of sustaining their recent run of domestic dominance.
Carlos Tevez enjoyed a fine maiden season in Turin after leaving Manchester City and found the net 21 times in all competitions, narrowly losing out to Ciro Immobile in the race for the golden boot.
He remains a maverick, a divisive character but in the Argentinean Allegri already possesses a forward capable of the sublime and of delivering the silverware fans of the Old Lady crave the most.
Morata’s signing is shrewd business, with the Spaniard signing on after failing to dislodge Karim Benzema from the starting line up over in Madrid.
Fernando Llorente may have failed to hit the heights of his days in La Liga with Athletic Bilbao but remains a tremendous centre-forward, and like Tevez had a fruitful first season with the club scoring 18 goals in the process.
Despite losing mastermind Antonio Conte the mood around Turin is one of content and optimism.
Arturo Vidal managed to resist Van Gaal’s attempts to bring him to United and should now play a key role in the side yet again this year.
Falcao would have been nice, but not necessary. Allegri can consider this a bullet well dodged and money well saved.