Chiesa Juventus

The window shuts…

10 October 2020

Finally the circus of the mercato -which always trends at the final turn towards musical chairs – comes to an end. The rumour mill put into neutral and the squads now settled. Before I begin my analysis, as I try to remember to peek now and then towards the webcam on my macbook (set at […]

Juventus Mercato Mutterings

Juventus Mercato Mutterings

31 August 2020

I seem to have developed a sporadic case of hysteria. With any serious rumours of tactics and transfers sending me quickly towards wild joy or plummeting deep into a well of woe. Its taking some effort to strike the middle ground! Which I think it due to the fairytale I have created of Il Maestro […]

Thoughts on Juve’s summer and the mercato

Thoughts on Juve’s summer and the mercato

10 August 2019

How bizarre our mercato suddenly seems, at  least with first glance and a primal response. The laudable work to bring in Rabiot, Ramsey and De Ligt as huge and much needed signings. Added to the Demiral and Romero deals. Everything was looking better than many expected. Myself included. And then…everything changed. First the Kean story […]

Transfer target report – Aaron Ramsey

Transfer target report – Aaron Ramsey

15 January 2019

A lot of discussion abounds when a player leaves any close to major Premier League club and especially when they are signed by a top European side outside of England. The first area of discussion is the price. The deal looks set to cost Juve around EU40–50m for a five year deal. This figure would […]

Cristiano Ronaldo – The golden boy appears…

Cristiano Ronaldo – The golden boy appears…

15 July 2018

I have found myself floating on air. Feeling like I am part of something extraordinary. Something that comes along once in a lifetime, if one is lucky. Moving from checking my phone every five wakeful minutes on twitter and by typing in ‘Ronaldo Juve‘ on google to see what comes up. Maybe a new discussion […]

A lull in the fighting…Mercato Mutterings

A lull in the fighting…Mercato Mutterings

1 July 2018

With the World Cup slowing down to a brief halt, we have time to return our attentions to Juve matters. Yet I assume there are many like me, who having lost Italy from the qualifiers, are focusing mainly on the Juve contingent playing in Russia and maintaining steady vigil on the transfer front. Briefly, on […]

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Mercato mutterings…and finally the B teams.

26 May 2018

With the action moved decisively from the field to the transfer market and a hint that the club might well be learning from recent bothers and aiming to get business finalised early doors, it seems the Right time to peek at the current crop of rumoured deals which refuse to die on the vine. The […]

Reaction to Szczesny and De Sciglio signings…

Reaction to Szczesny and De Sciglio signings…

21 July 2017

I was, like many others, rather befuddled when news first broke earlier this year that Szczesny had been chosen as Buffon’s successor in waiting. For the Pole has a somewhat curious reputation from his days with the Gunners. Often thought of as a superb goalkeeper on his day, yet equally renowned for a vibrant character […]

Con te partiro – Who is Leaving Juventus?

Con te partiro – Who is Leaving Juventus?

13 July 2017

With the focus presently very much on potential new recruits, I feel it is worthwhile to consider those who might be offered a handshake, gratitude for their service in black and white and sent yonder. As we season upon season try to improve the squad, the recruitment routine takes on ever more pivotal importance. We […]

Raiola and his slimy kin…and other black and white mutterings.

Raiola and his slimy kin…and other black and white mutterings.

7 July 2017

“When a club is faced by other competitors, especially big European clubs, it has no choice but to accept requests that run counter to any logic,” he told the newspaper. “We must regulate the role of these professionals, who are sincere but also very greedy.” Beppe Marotta spoke recently of the problem we are facing, […]