Juventus deserve credit for their transfer window

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With the summer transfer window finally over, clubs can now start to focus on what they have at their disposal and can start finding suitable formations, tactics and game-plans for their new-look side.

The clubs will be able to make changes halfway through the campaign in the New Year when the January window opens up, but for now, business is done and managers have to deal with what they currently have at their disposal.

It's been yet another hectic summer transfer window, with hundreds of millions being spent, but one club that has done surprisingly well considering the circumstances is Serie A champions Juventus.


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Juventus Lost Arturo Vidal

After winning the double, and nearly winning the Champions League, Juve were expected to be raided for their stars this summer, and in some cases they were.

Carlos Tevez left for Argentina in order to return home before officially retiring, Arturo Vidal joined Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Andrea Pirlo finally left Italy for the first time in his career in order to join New York City.

After hearing the news of that trio leaving, you would be normal if you started to question how well Juve would do during the 2015/2016 campaign.

Their main goal-scoring threat has left and two of their star midfielders followed suit.

However, when you look at their arrivals, they haven't replaced badly at all, and another thing, they managed to keep star-man Paul Pogba.

But first we'll look at the new arrivals.

New Arrivals in Turin

The likes of Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Simone Zaza will all provide goals for The Old Lady and will therefore replace Tevez at the club. You have to remember they also still have Alvaro Morata who shined for them during the latter stages of the Champions League.

In the midfield region where they lost two stars, they kept hold of Pogba and Claudio Marchisio, and then managed to bring in Sami Khedira from Real Madrid, Juan Cuadrado on loan from Chelsea and Hernanes from Inter Milan.

There were fears for Juve when they were announcing the player sales, but in the transfer market they've been pretty smart. They've realised what they've lost and they've been quick to replace them.

Yes they missed out on several midfield talents like Julian Draxler, Mesut Ozil, David Silva and Oscar, but they have added a wealth of talent to an already strong squad.

Keeping Hold of Pogba

Speaking in a recent interview, Juve's chief executive Giuseppe Marotta even confirmed that they had offers for Pogba, but they rejected them because they wanted to stay competitive in Europe.

"As we want to win, we have decided to keep hold of a player as important as Pogba, although we have had offers," he said.

It's well documented that there isn't a lot of money and financial power in Italian football these days, so for Juve to reject mass offers from European juggernauts, they deserve respect for standing firm and snubbing the mega-money.

Draxler Issues

Despite the successful window, they do still have a niggling problem with Schalke for not selling them Draxler and Marotta touched on the negotiations in the interview.

"There has been a difficult dialogue with Schalke, who are a mysterious club," he added.

"They made a disproportionate request - 36 million euros is an exaggeration and there was also the lack of interest from the player."

So despite losing a key trio, Juve are still looking strong and they have been very smart in the window with the additions they've made.

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