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Can Juventus beat English suitors to Lewandowski or Llorente?

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After almost embarrassingly ending up with Nicklas Bendtner as a last resort this summer, Juventus may be motivated to beat Chelsea and Manchester City with their top targets.

The Italian giants have been linked with each of the in demand strikers recently, but does their lack of summer spending indicate they can't compete for the biggest stars?

Robert Lewandowski and Fernando Llorente are undeniably two of the best strikers around, each is tall, strong and posses a superb eye for goal. Both have been consistently linked with a whole host English sides in the past few transfer windows, but Juventus are also on the lookout for a striker, and are reportedly keen on both players.

However in the summer, the Old Lady failed in a number of reported transfers attempts. Van Persie went to Manchester United, Llorente is still at Bilbao and Berbatov ended up at Fulham. In the end all Juventus could muster was a hastily put together loan move bringing Nicklas Bendtner to Turin.

Particularly with the moves for van Persie and Llorente, Juventus didn't seem able to compete financially, so what would be the difference is they made a move in January or next summer?

Llorente may have lost a bit of value, as his wrangles with Bilbao have continued as the club's form has dipped dramatically. But if the transfer fee required does drop, then there will be a clutch of other clubs willing to meet the price, perhaps sending it up beyond Juventus' reach again.

Also if Chelsea or Manchester City got involved, the wages they could offer would surely dwarf Juve's efforts. Llorente has seemed keen on a move to Juventus in the past, so the best hope might be that he would try and engineer that particular transfer himself. But with a talent like that available, there's every chance he could have his head turned by a bigger paycheck elsewhere.

With those factors in mind, the move for Lewandowski seems even more far-fetched. The Polish forward is not fighting with Dortmund, he is playing, and playing well, even if he hasn't hit the heights of last season yet.

His fee is rumoured to be over £25 million, and once again Juventus would be competing with English teams with huge budgets. Manchester United and Chelsea have been the strongest linked Premiership teams, though a move to United seems less likely now they have bought van Persie.

In pure footballing terms, Juventus would be as good a destination as any for either striker, but the English teams after them are also big European sides. If they can get a higher wage there, or indeed if their club can get a better transfer fee for them, it looks probable they will end up going to England over Italy.

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