Italian giants Juventus have won their fifth straight Serie A title and now turn their attention to making some quality acquisitions to continue their bid for league and European dominance.
Funds are no longer an issue for the side and thanks to previous sales, they have the requisite cash to make some stellar signings in the summer.
It is evident that while some might leave for new challenges, Juventus are confident they have the credentials to attract new world-class professionals to the club.
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Although no deal can be finalised before the transfer window opens in June 1, the Italians are already making progress following negotiations with some possible transfer targets.
Here are some of the top six potential summer arrivals as the 2015-16 comes to an end.
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6. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)
The Blues' ace's struggle for form this season has hindered Chelsea’s title defence, and it was not only limited to performances at club level, with Guus Hiddink favouring Jon Obi Mikel.
Matic’s showing for the Serbian national team also drew flak from experts as he failed to guide the side to Euro 2016, which is scheduled to be held in France in June.
Juventus disclosed earlier this year that they are willing to do business with the west London club while The Sun reports, a £20million deal is already in motion to take the 27-year-old to Italy.
Thereby, Chelsea would be able to recover much of the transfer fee they paid for his services during his move from Benfica for £21million.
Moving to a new league may help him in regaining his lost confidence, as well as his form for the long haul.
5. Isco (Real Madrid)
Although he was preferred in the starting line-up during Rafael Benitez’s tenure at Real Madrid, the appointment of Zinedine Zidane saw the Spaniard reduced to warming the benches on most occasions.
It is believed the Old Lady's sporting directors are interested in bringing Isco to Turin, readying an improved bid of £32million from their initial offer of £24million, as per WhoScored.com.
The example of Alvaro Morata- who also joined from the La Liga outfit, has given hope to Juve bosses that Isco could also succeed like his compatriot and be a mainstay in the years to come.
4. Mehdi Benatia (Bayern Munich)
The Moroccan centre-back is very much familiar with the Italian style of play after spending four years in the country spanning over two spells with Udinese and Roma from 2010-14.
Despite penning a five-year deal with Bayern Munich in 2014, Benatia found himself playing second-fiddle to the likes of Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez under Pep Guardiola, while recent speculation regarding Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels also puts his place in the side in further jeopardy.
According to Goal.com, Benatia admitted that he remains open to moving to pastures new if the situation arises.
“In my case, if I have to leave Bayern at the end of this season, then I will leave,” he said.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is a keen admirer of the centre-half and believes the acquisition of the Morocco international would add depth to the squad.
3. James Rodriguez (Real Madrid)
Rodriguez is another Los Blancos star who is rumoured to be leaving the Bernabeu after an apparent fall-out with manager Zinedine Zidane, and he too is being eyed by the Italian heavyweights this summer.
Spanish newspaper MARCA reports, in spite of having several suitors in the Premier League, the Colombian prefers a move to Italy, something which has alerted the hierarchy at Juventus.
Real Madrid, however, want any potential offer to be close to what they paid French side Monaco two years ago - €80million.
Into his second season for the Madrid-based club, Rodriguez has managed only 24 league appearances this term, despite recurring injuries to several of their Galacticos.
The upcoming Copa America in the United States could be crucial in determining his future.
2. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund)
Armenian ace Mkhitaryan is having a brilliant year with BVB, although Dortmund are destined to finish as runners-up in Bundesliga.
Mainly playing the number 10 role in the side – the focal point of attack under manager Thomas Tuchel - Mkhitaryan has given some commendable performances that garnered praise from all quarters.
Having bagged 23 goals alongside 32 assists, the 27-year-old is one of the leading performers in Europe this term.
His versatility and creativity would add quality to an already impressive squad at Juventus and he can also operate on either wing as well as a second striker, bringing depth to any team he represents.
1. Oscar (Chelsea)
The Brazil international has been a long-standing transfer target for the Bianconeri with head coach Allegri publicly stating his admiration for the player previously.
Chelsea deem Oscar a pivotal member of their squad and are reluctant to part company with him, but they might be open to lettig him leave Stamford Bridge if Antonio Conte is able to bring in quality replacements.
During former manager Jose Mourinho’s reign, Oscar found first-team chances limited, and interim boss Guus Hiddink has only moved him further down the pecking order, so the South American may now be ready to consider his future.
Juventus wants to build a squad that can compete domestically and can also triumph in Europe. By luring Oscar to Turin, they would definitely have a team that can challenge the giants for Champions League supremacy.
Who do you think Juventus should sign this summer? Have your say in the comments.
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