Juventus created a stunning midfield for under £8million; here's how

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Serie A champions Juventus have possibly put together one of the strongest midfields in European football, especially when you realise that they've only spent £8 million on doing it.

Most football clubs these days are busy spending £20m+ on individual players and are happy to spend over £150m on putting together a new-look team, but not Juve, they've created a team - a good team mind - with minimal funds used.

The Old Lady have won the last four Serie A titles and finished runners-up in this year's Champions League, losing in the final to FC Barcelona 3-1 on Saturday.

Midfield Powers

Why have they been so successful? The likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini, Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata certainly have helped them this season, but their strongest department has to be considered their midfield.

What's surprising is that the midfield they have has only cost them £8m to put together.

The starting-four midfielders last season for Juve were; Paul Pogba, Claudio Marchisio, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo. The four start in a diamond formation and it cost the Italian club barely anything to construct.


Juventus signed Pogba on a free-transfer back in 2012 after he left Manchester United after falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Frenchman failed to make the leap from youth-team to first-team and decided to quit the club once his contract expired. Since moving to Juve he has won three Serie A titles and is now valued at around £70m, with several European giants interested in signing him, including his former-club.


Pirlo meanwhile was released by AC Milan in 2011 after being dubbed too old by the San Siro club. He was aged 32 when he left Milan.

Juve picked the veteran up on a free-transfer and 119 Serie A appearances and four-years later, Pirlo is still going and has picked up four Serie A winners medals, whilst Milan have won none in that period. The midfielder is however set to leave Juve this summer as he eyes one more challenge in his illustrious career before he retires.


Another free player, Marchisio, but this time he is free because he came up from the youth-team in Turin. The 29-year-old has been at Juve since 1993, but graduated to the first team in 2006.

Since being in the first-team, Marchisio has made over 200 league appearances for The Old Lady and is still a pivotal part of their midfield. The only part of their midfield that cost a penny is Vidal.


Signed from German side Bayer Leverkusen for just £7.7million, the Chilean is the only expenditure in Juve's midfield.

Vidal has been at the club for four years now, making over 100 league appearances for the club.

So that's already Pogba, Vidal, Pirlo and Marchisio, but Juve have gone one step further and made their midfield even stronger with yet another free transfer.


Sami Khedira has now agreed to join the club after leaving Real Madrid on a free-transfer. The 28-year-old made over 100 La Liga appearances and has won nearly everything there is to win in football at both club and international level.

A fifth superb midfielder added to Juve and still only £8m spent. Brilliant work from Juventus.

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