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Juventus' incredible starting XI made up entirely of free transfers

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Pulling off a stellar free transfer is what every football club dreams about.

Bayern Munich pinching Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund will go down as one of the greatest examples in the history of the game.

The German giants are pretty good when it comes to plucking top talent for free, but no team is as prolific in the department as Juventus.

Italy's dominant force have a knack of being in the right place at the right time and here's an entire XI made up of Juve's free transfers in the last decade alone.

GK - NETO (2015)

The Brazilian arrived from Fiorentina as the backup to Gianluigi Buffon, which meant he rarely featured for the Bianconeri.

Nevertheless, he was reliable when called upon and earned Juve a tidy €7m when he was sold to Valencia in 2017.

RWB - DANI ALVES (2016)

Another Brazilian, with Alves enjoying a huge amount of success in his single year with Juve, galvanising the right-wing.

Dani Alves in action with Juve

Juve reached the Champions League final with Alves on their books and it was a shame for the club that he left for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017.

CB - LUCIO (2012)

That's right, another Brazilian, one who possesses an iconic status at both Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

Sadly, his free transfer - which was seen as great business at the time - didn't work out, with Lucio making just one appearance for Juve before moving to Sao Paolo in 2013.

Lucio in action vs Napoli

CB - FABIO CANNAVARO (2009)

The Italian centre-back left Juve in 2006 for Real Madrid due to the Calciopoli scandal, when the club were relegated to Serie B.

He cost Real just €7m, but Juve were on hand three years later to bring the legendary defender back to Turin on a free - he left after just one season.

CB - OLOF MELLBERG (2008)

Mellberg with Juventus

A lot of people probably forgot Mellberg joined Juve back in 2008 after his memorable time in the Premier League with Aston Villa.

The Swede enjoyed a decent season with the Bianconeri in 2008/09, scoring two goals in 27 appearances along the way. He moved to Olympiakos at the end of that season.

LWB - KINGSLEY COMAN (2014)

Okay, we know Coman isn't a left-wing back by trade, but we had to find a way to squeeze the man who came from Paris Saint-Germain in.

Coman with Juve vs Chievo

He joined Bayern in 2015 on an initial two-year loan worth €7m, with the German club paying an extra €21m in 2017 to sign him permanently. A nice bit of profit for Juve.

CM - ANDREA PIRLO (2011)

Up there with Lewandowski in terms of 'greatest free transfer of all time'. The Italian maestro was a key figure in Juve's dominance over the Scudetto until his departure in 2015.

Arguably the club's most important free transfer in their illustrious history - a stroke of genius.

Pirlo in his Juve days

CM - SAMI KHEDIRA (2015)

Real Madrid saw the German as surplus to requirements, so Juve swooped and it's proven to be a brilliant investment.

Khedira's arrival helped ease the loss of Pirlo and he's also chipped in with crucial goals in big games both domestically and in Europe.

CM - EMRE CAN (2018)

Can in action vs Valencia

The latest member of Juve's free transfer club. Can's arrival from Liverpool in the summer was seen as smart business by most football fans.

He's struggled with injuries so far, but the Serie A champions have the perfect player on their books to takeover from Khedira in the future.

AM - PAUL POGBA (2012)

Turin was the making of the French midfielder after failing to break into Manchester United's senior team under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Pogba with Juve vs Lazio

With Pogba next to Arturo Vidal, Claudio Marchisio and Pirlo, Juve had arguably the finest midfield in Europe, before making a cool £89m profit when selling Pogba back to United in 2016

ST - FERNANDO LLORENTE (2013)

After a prolific eight years with Athletic Bilbao, Juve beat the competition to snap up one of Europe's most sought-after forwards for the grand total of £0.

Llorente managed 23 goals in 66 games during his two years with Juve, before joining Sevilla on another free transfer in 2015.

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Fernando Llorente
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Dani Alves
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Paul Pogba
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