Juventus utilising loan market to ensure team dominates Serie A in the future

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It has been a season of success for Juventus, winning a third successive Serie A title, a Copa Italia and playing Barcelona in the Champions League final for the chance of a historic treble.

The glory days are well and truly back after the dark hours in which the Old Lady were relegated to Serie B and stripped of their 2005 and 2006 Serie A titles. While Massimiliano Allegri stands of the brink of overseeing the historic feat much of the groundwork was laid by Antonio Conte, who purchased key players in Carlos Tevez, Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo, all for under £20 million accumulatively in transfer fees.

The task at hand for Allegri, after the Champions League is finished, is ensuring Juventus continue to progress and dominate Italian football, and in Domenico Berardi and Daniele Rugani the Old Lady have two players leading the next generation of Italian football.

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Domenico Berardi 

Berardi came through the youth system at Sassuolo, starring in their rise to Serie A, before joining Juventus in a co-ownership deal in September 2013 for €4.5million. The forward rejoined Sassuolo on loan without making an appearance for the Old Lady and hasn't looked back in the two seasons he has been playing in the top division of Italian football. 

He burst onto the worldwide scene last year against AC Milan, when he scored all four goals in a 4-3 win, becoming the second youngest player to score a quadruple in Serie A history, before almost repeating the trick this season when he scored a hat-trick against Milan later in the season.

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At 20-years-old Berardi has scored 30 goals in 59 games which, compared to Lionel Messi who achieved the same amount of goals in 71 games, is an encouraging tally for a young forward.  

Blessed with exceptional pace and a wonderful left-foot Berardi would undoubtedly be back at Juventus for the start of next year were it not for the impending arrival of Paulo Dybala from Palermo.

The Italian Under-21 international may still return if Fernando Llorente is sold, although another year at Sassuolo can't do any harm to his burgeoning reputation. Berardi has to improve on his consistency if he is to take his game to the next level and thrive at a club like Juventus where the expectations are so high.  

His goals tend to come in gluts, with barren spells in between, although playing at Juventus the service he receives will be of a higher calibre. 

Daniele Rugani

Rugani signed for Juventus from Empoli in 2012 but, like Berardi, has yet to make a senior appearance for the Old Lady. The centre-back had a very successful first season in Tuscany last year when he was named the best player in Serie B, like Berardi was the year before, as Empoli earned promotion to Serie A.

This season Rugani has played every single minute of the campaign, the only player in Italy to do so, and was called up to Conte's national team for the games against Croatia and Albania, although he didn't feature. 

Juventus now own full rights to the player, having brought the other half of his registration in February, so next season could see him make a return to the Old Lady. While he is physically imposing and powerful in the air, Rugani's immaculate timing is represented by the fact that he went the whole season without being booked.  

Whether Allegri plays four at the back or three, Juventus could definitely benefit from the addition of another centre-back with Andrea Barzagli struggling with injury and Angelo Ogbonna yet to convince.  

Who else could benefit? 

Kinglsey Coman was brought to Juventus from Paris Saint-Germain in a similar deal that saw Pogba arrive at the club from Manchester United, but the 18-year-old forward has struggled for game-time in his first season. 

He was named man-of-the-match after a lively debut display against Chievo, while he netted his first and only goal in the Coppa Italia against Verona. 

First team opportunities will continue to be limited for Coman next season but the France Under-21 international has shown enough in cameos to suggest a loan move similar to that of Berardi and Rugani would give him further opportunity to develop as a player. 

The trio of Coman, Rugani and Berardi provide Juventus supporters with reason to be confident about the Old Lady's future and it is now up to Allegri to ensure they are integrated into the first-team effectively. 

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