Serie A giants Juventus have dodged a bullet by missing out on Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao.
The Colombian has been ruled out of action for a further two weeks after sustaining a calf injury after previously missing out due to hamstring problems in what has been an injury-plagued first season in England to date.
However, the 28-year-old had been previously linked with a move to Serie A with the current champions, who must now be delighted with their decision to move for young Spanish striker Alvaro Morata instead.
Prior to his transfer deadline day loan move from French side AS Monaco, the striker had missed much of last term through injury that also saw him miss out on an appearance at the World Cup in Brazil as a result.
He is still yet to complete a full game for the Red Devils, and last featured in a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns over a month ago.
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The former Porto and Atletico Madrid striker has made just five appearances, with his solitary goal coming against Roberto Martinez’s Everton in a 2-1 victory last month.
There is talk that Louis Van Gaal already has a deal in place for the striker to be at Old Trafford beyond his current loan deal, but the club will be unlikely to sanction a £44million move if injuries continue to plague his time in the Premier League.
Despite being keen on moving for Falcao, Juventus already have a juggernaut of attacking options capable of ensuring the Old Lady see off a title challenge from Roma to retain their crown.
Former Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is the talisman, having scored 10 goals in 13 appearances in all competitions to add to the 21 that he netted last term.
Fernando Llorente may not be the player that terrified defences during his time in La Liga with Athletic Bilbao, but the 29-year-old remains a potent threat and has found the net 21 times since moving to the club last term.
Morata’s own start to life in Italy’s top flight has been marred by injuries, but the youngster is fit and firing now and has four goals in seven appearances for his new club to date.
There is still yet time for Falcao to justify all the hype and expectancy around his move, and time for him to fire United to glory in the foreseeable future.
The player himself has taken to social media sites to appease those worried, but for Juventus it is a problem that fortunately does not surround them.
Tevez, Morata and Llorente are already a formidable attacking trio that could see Allegri win the Scudetto at first time of tasking.
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