Things aren’t looking good for Juventus.
The club’s board have resigned, manager Max Allegri may walk out, they could be hit with a points deduction in Serie A, and they’re in the pits financially – a pit that will likely become deeper when their legitimate books from the last three years surface.
So yeah, it’s not looking good for Juventus.
But how does all of this affect the playing staff at the club?
Well that’s what we’re here to try and answer.
He’s a rundown of the full senior squad and what La Vecchia Signora should do with each player.
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GK – Wojciech Szczęsny – SELL: One of the better signings Juventus have made over the last five years, Szczęsny has been outstanding since taking over from Gianluigi Buffon. In an ideal world, Juve would keep a player of this quality, but if the club are in dire need of some funds then Woj is still someone who could command a relatively decent fee on the open market.
GK – Mattia Perin – KEEP: Renewed his contract in April (until 2025) and has never really put a foot wrong when he’s played for Juventus. He’s decent and probably doesn’t have much market value so there’s no point in selling.
GK – Carlo Pinsoglio – KEEP: He’s a hype man. Every team needs one. He’s also one of the lowest paid players at the club.
DEF – Mattia De Sciglio – KEEP: Like Perin, De Sciglio signed a new contract relatively recently and also has zero market value so there’s no point in selling.
DEF – Gleison Bremer – KEEP: Bought by the club in the summer, in an ideal world Juventus keep hold of Bremer because he’s bloody brilliant. If they really need money though, there aren’t many more valuable players at the club…
DEF – Danilo – RELEASE: This may surprise Premier League fans, but Danilo is one of the most important players Juventus currently have on the books. The defender’s contract runs until 2024 and, in theory, Juve should extend but it’ll likely be unfeasible given the financially precarious situation they find themselves in.
DEF – Alex Sandro – RELEASE: A rather mediocre footballer at this point in his career, Sandro’s contract expires at the end of the current season and he really shouldn’t hold out hope of getting a new one.
DEF – Federico Gatti – KEEP: The profile of player you’ll likely be seeing at Juve in the coming years. Gatti has something and could develop into a really solid central defender.
DEF – Leonardo Bonucci – RELEASE: Another who is currently looking for a new contract at Juve, and another who probably won’t get it. Bonucci’s performance levels have nosedived in recent seasons and it’s a good a time as any to let the centre-back leave.
DEF – Daniele Rugani – RELEASE: It’s rather incredible that Rugani is still at La Vecchia Signora.
MID – Manuel Locatelli – KEEP: The likely way forward for Juventus is to go full ‘Ital-Juve’ in the next few years. With that in mind, they have to keep hold of Locatelli. He’s brilliant.
MID – Juan Caudrado – RELEASE: A great player for Juve throughout the years, Cuadrado is now firmly, as the kids say, washed. His contract is up in the summer and the club should/will let him walk.
MID – Paul Pogba – SELL: Yes, he has just signed for the club. Yes, he’s a fantastic talent. But he still hasn’t played for Juve due to an injury, he’s one of the highest earners at the club and he still has market value (despite being injury prone), so it makes financial sense to cut ties as soon as possible.
MID – Weston McKennie – SELL: Even without the recent news Juventus would be out of their minds not sell McKennie. Put simply, he’s been awful this season and yet, despite that, a Premier League club will probably give Juve £20m+ for the midfielder. You have to love that PL money.
MID – Filip Kostic – KEEP: Considering I Bianconeri bought Kostic for €15m, it’s doubtful that there’s a team out there willing to pay a gigantic fee for the wide midifielder’s services. That’s not to say he isn’t great though, he is, he’s arguably been Juve’s best player this season.
MID – Fabio Miretti – KEEP: If Juventus could only keep one player in their whole squad, it would be Fabio Miretti. That’s how good this kid is. He’s utterly brilliant and is the future of the football club.
MID – Adrien Rabiot – SELL: Look, I know he’s played well above his usual standards this season but c’mon. Let’s be real. He wants a €10m per year contract (after tax), he was woeful throughout the rest of his Juve career (90min literally broke their own player rating system to give him N/As in games he played 90 minutes in to show how non-existent he was), and there probably is a club out there who will put in a bid for him after the World Cup. Get rid.
MID – Leandro Paredes – RELEASE: Release in this case meaning ‘buy him a one way ticket back to Paris and ban him from ever entering Turin again’.
MID – Nicolo Fagioli – KEEP: The best moment of Juventus’ season was boyhood fan Fagioli scoring against Inter. File under: definitely keep for over a decade.
FWD – Federico Chiesa – KEEP: Chelsea fans on Twitter are already posting photoshopped images of Chiesa in the Blues home kit. I’d hedge my bets and say Juve, despite the fee they could get for him, will do everything they can to keep hold of Chiesea. He’s the face of the team.
FWD – Dusan Vlahovic – KEEP*: An asterisk has been put on this one because there is the distinct possibility that a club tables a €100m bid for Vlahovic, and the club would obviously have to accept such an offer. The Serbian is one of the best young players in Europe.
FWD – Arkadiusz Milik – RELEASE: The forward has been very good as he’s, amazingly, been able to stay fit. Juve have a €7m option to sign him outright from Marseille in the summer but, depending on sanctions, they might not even be able to pay that.
FWD – Moise Kean – SELL: Considering that Juventus may not be able pick up the €7m option to sign Milik, it must be rather terrifying for the clubs accountants that they have a €28m obligation to sign Kean in the summer. It’s bad. Maybe they can buy him and immediately sell to another club? Maybe.
FWD – Kaio Jorge – KEEP: Highly-rated, only 20 years old, might as well keep him.
FWD – Angel Di Maria – RELEASE: One good game every two months from Di Maria isn’t really enough to warrant what he’s currently being paid. If you can, rescind his contract.
FWD – Matias Soule – KEEP: Another youngster who Juventus should rely on moving forward.
FWD – Marley Ake – KEEP: Slowly being bedded into first-team plans, it seems that Max Allegri has high hopes for the French attacker.
When did the Magpies last win a cup?
Newcastle are planning for success at the highest level following the 2021 takeover by a consortium of the Saudi Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners, and David and Jamie Reuben.
On-pitch fortunes have turned around pretty drastically since Mike Ashley’s departure, with Eddie Howe coming in as manager and the likes of Bruno Guimaraes, Sven Botman and Alexander Isak all arriving for big transfer fees.
The squad’s aim in the near future will be to break the trophy duck the club has endured for many years now. They’re well set in the 2022/23 Carabao Cup, but when was the last time the Magpies brought silverware back to Tyne and Wear?
Newcastle have not won a domestic trophy since 1955. They did earn silverware in 2009/10 and 2016/17 for winning the Championship, while their European honours are the 1968/69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1973 and the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2006.
The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup is naturally seen as a predecessor to the UEFA Cup and now Europa League, though the tournament itself did not fall under UEFA jurisdiction. As such, it is not seen as prestigious in the modern age, though Newcastle fans of a certain vintage will almost certainly disagree.
In 1955, the Magpies defeated Manchester City to win their sixth FA Cup. Strikes from Jackie Milburn, Bobby Mitchell and George Hannah gave them victory despite Bobby Johnstone’s equaliser in the verge of half time.
Newcastle have been a consistent feature in the top league in England since the club was founded in 1892. Four league titles and six FA Cups help make the Magpies the ninth-most decorated team with trophies in England.
Newcastle have never won the League Cup, their closest run being a runners-up finish to Manchester City in 1975/76. They were beaten as strikes from Peter Barnes and Dennis Tueart made Alan Gowling’s equaliser redundant.
They have never won the Premier League in its current format, having come closest in 1995/96 and 1996/97 when they came second behind Manchester United on both occasions.
Newcastle came close to lifting the FA Cup on two occasions in the late 1990s, reaching the finals in 1998 and 1999. However, they came up against English giants Arsenal and Man Utd respectively and they couldn’t make the step up in either final.
Arsenal proved too strong in 1998 as strikes from Marc Overmars and Nicolas Anelka separated the two sides, while another 2-0 defeat came a year later when Teddy Sheringham and Paul Scholes downed Alan Shearer and co.
Man Utd close to signing Marcel Sabitzer on loan from Bayern Munich
Man Utd are close to signing Marcel Sabitzer from Bayern Munich on a loan deal until the end of the season, 90min has learned.
United have moved for Sabitzer on transfer deadline day following the news that Christian Eriksen will be out until late April or early May with an ankle injury sustained in the FA Cup win over Reading on Saturday.
The Dane’s injury leaves United light in the midfield department, with Donny van de Beek also out for the remainder of the season with an injury of his own.
Sabitzer, 28, boarded a flight to Manchester from Munich on Tuesday evening after an agreement of a straight loan deal was largely fleshed out between the two clubs, and the player has also agreed personal terms. 90min reported earlier in the day that Sabitzer was “very excited” about the potential move to Old Trafford.
The club were not planning to move for a new player prior to the deadline, though the severity of Eriksen’s injury has convinced Erik ten Hag to push for United to act, as they chase a place in the Premier League’s top four and attempt to win their first trophy since 2017. They are currently competing on four fronts.
United have until 11pm GMT to push through the transfer before the deadline, though could request a short extension from the Premier League to complete the deal if necessary.
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List of titles in Magpies history as they chase Carabao Cup 2023
Newcastle United fans are certainly enjoying their season so far as they fight it out for a place in the Champions League places, but things could get even better as they remain in the mix for a trophy.
The Magpies are in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup and they have got a 1-0 lead over Southampton to take into the second leg. They are likely to be facing Manchester United should they reach the final, a team in direct competition with them for a top-four place.
When was the last time that Newcastle fans were able to cheer their team being the champions of something?
The most recent time that Newcastle fans were able to celebrate a trophy was in 2017, although it was one that they wish they weren’t contesting in the first place. They got back into the Premier League by winning the Championship in the 2016/17 season.
You’ll have to be chatting to some of the much older Newcastle fans to here stories about Newcastle winning the FA Cup, though. Their last silverware recognised as a major trophy was back in 1969 when the Magpies lifted the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup – which is these days known as the Europa League.
Whilst Newcastle fans may be set for a lot more success in the near future, it is a very long time since their fans travelled down to Wembley en masse for a cup final. That was back in 1999 when they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United in the FA Cup final.
That is why heading down for a potential Carabao Cup final would be a first for so many of the current Newcastle fan base and they would certainly be travelling in great numbers.
For the League Cup itself, they have only been in that final one time before. That was in 1976 and it also ended in defeat, this time to Manchester City.
Newcastle have not exactly sailed through to the semi-final of the Carabao Cup. They needed a penalty shoot-out to knock out Crystal Palace before narrowly beating Bournemouth 1-0.
The quarter-final was more simple as they beat Leicester City 2-0, and a dramatic game in the semi-final first leg at St Mary’s ended 1-0. They are certainly the favourites to get through to the final with Southampton struggling for form.
The Saints have found a safe haven in the cup competitions but they will have their work cut out to turn it around at St James’ Park.
Considering Manchester United beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 away from home in their semi-final first leg, you’d think that they are the team waiting for either Newcastle or Southampton at Wembley.
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