Great speculation is currently circulating the future of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, who has been heavily linked with a move to Juventus after his contract at Stamford Bridge runs out this summer.
The Bianconeri are one of several clubs, according to Sky Sports, who are monitoring the 29-year-old’s situation and have approached the German international with a deal to move to Turin at the end of the season.
The centre-back has been one of the best defenders in the league over the past few seasons and is currently valued at £31.5 million by Transfermarkt after he joined the Blues in 2017 from AS Roma.
But Chelsea could be letting him slip through their fingers if he leaves the club on a free transfer, and while several big clubs, including Manchester United and Real Madrid, are sniffing around at his availability, it’s looking increasingly likely that he could make a move to Juventus.
If the Serie A side do end up securing the German centre-back on a free transfer, they’ll add to an already pretty crazy list of players they’ve signed on free transfers over the years.
And it’s safe to say looking at that list of players, which includes the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Paul Pogba and Fabio Cannavaro, Juventus are the masters of the free transfer system.
While they have signed some quality players in this way, it’s the fact that they’ve managed to do it time and time again that makes their transfer record so impressive.
So here at GIVEMESPORT, we’ve decided to put together a team of Juventus players who have signed for the club as free transfers.
Take a look at our free agent XI below…
That is a frighteningly good starting XI.
And while Rudiger has not been included in this team just yet, he certainly has some tough competition getting the nod over Brazilian defender Lucio, Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro and Barcelona icon Dani Alves at the back.
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It is worth noting that we didn’t have a spare left-sided winger, so we have had to be resourceful and throw former Chelsea and Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka on the left wing.
He’ll line up next to Adrien Rabiot, one of Juve’s most recent free transfers, who arrived at the club on a free from PSG back in 2019, on the left side of the midfield.
They are surrounded by a star-studded complement of midfield players, including Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo, and Kingsley Coman, who signed for the club in 2011, 2012 and 2014, respectively.
And up top, we’ve given Fernando Llorente the goal-scoring duties as our lone striker after he netted 27 goals in 92 games for the club.
But it is the list of players who have been omitted from this team, which shows the insane business Juventus have done over the years.
For example, former Germany internationals Sami Khedira and Emre Can both miss out on selection, while Buffon gets the nod in net instead of Neto.
As the transfer business goes, it’s plain to see that Juventus have done some seriously good deals over the years, with this team of free agents alone able to cause some serious upsets in Serie A and potentially even the Champions League.