Juventus have earned themselves a reputation for the shrewd acquisition of midfield talent deemed surplus to requirements in recent years.
The Bianconeri siged Andrea Pirlo in 2011 after he was allowed to leave AC Milan on a free transfer, a deal of which Gianluigi Buffon had the following to say:
“When Andrea told me that he was joining us, the first thing I thought was: “God exists. A player of his level and ability, not to mention that he was free, I think it was the signing of the century!”
A year later they acquired Paul Pogba, who had moved in search of first team football having grown frustrated by a lack of opportunities at Manchester United.
Fast-forward to 2015 and Pogba has evolved into arguably the world’s most desirable midfielder.
Having also signed Arturo Vidal from Bayer Leverkusen for €10.5m in 2011, their recruitment team clearly know their engine-room apples.
With this in mind, could their interest in Liverpool back-number Lucas Leiva finally convince Brendan Rodgers the Brazilian has something to offer him.
According to the Daily Express, the Old Lady are keen to recruit after another of their shrewd acquisitions, free transfer Sami Khedira, was ruled out with an injury until October.
Juve are 2/1 to have signed Leiva on a permanent basis by the end of the transfer window, with the Reds only slightly shorter to hold on to his registration at 6/4.
He didn’t even travel to Stoke on the season’s opening weekend, having been informed that he had fallen down Rodgers’ pecking order, according to the Guardian.
The 28-year-old seems condemned to be criminally underappreciated by his manager despite last season’s statistics reflecting his continued effectiveness as a defensive screen.
Liverpool lost just 15% of the 26 matches in which he started, compared to 41% of those when he didn’t make his manager’s XI.