Only day’s ago Juventus arguably clinched the smartest deal of the January transfer window so far, that being the end of season arrival of Spanish striker Fernando Llorente on a free. Now the old lady have dipped into the market again to add further strength to their attacking contingent, albeit only for a 6 month period.
Despite sitting top of the Serie A table by 5 points, and publicly declaring ambitions of achieving a treble this season, the Bianconeri’s strike force have struggled to score goals. Fabio Quagliarella, and attacking midfielder, Sebastian Giovinco are the clubs leading scorers with a paltry 6 goals each so far this campaign, followed by veteran midfielder Andrea Pirlo on 5. Yet even with the poor goals contribution of the strikers Juventus still boast the best goal difference in the league and have scored 66 goals, the highest in the Italian top flight by far.
With that fact in mind imagine the even bigger threat that Juventus would pose if they could find a prolific striker, no doubt the exact reason why the Italian giants have been looking to add to their strike force this transfer window. The league leaders were widely known to have been interested in Didier Drogba, a man that has scored 8 goals in 11 games inChina, only to see contract negotiations with theIvory Coaststar break down.
Juventus have now turned their attentions to Drogba’s Shanghai Shenhua strike partner Nicolas Anelka. It is believed that Anelka will receive €600,000 for the rest of the season, as well as potential add on’s and a lengthening of his contract dependant on performances inItaly.
If this be the case the Frenchman has certainly landed on his aging football feet. His time in China has been far from sparkling. Anelka was involved in a heated argument with a fan for failing to bow and has only managed 3 goals in 22 appearances for the club. Yet irrelevant of his troubles and indifferent form Anelka was reported to have also attracted the interest of QPR, West Ham and PSG. At Juventus however, Anelka will be odds on to add another league winner’s medal to his personal tally.
It won’t be all sweetness and roses for Anelka when he moves to the 10th club of his career though.
Juventus fans are believed to be despondent at the signing, with more than 70% of fans (in a Tuttosport poll,) of the opinion that it is a bad move for the club. Although, judging by previous history and personality traits I for one am sure that Anelka won’t really care.
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