Juventus strikers set for Premier League switches?

The Serie A champions have confirmed that two forwards will be sold this summer, with England a potential destination.

With Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez moving to Juventus this summer, the Bianconeri are overstocked on international forwards. The new additions are expected to form what could be a scintillating partnership, leaving the players already at the club with limited time on the pitch.

Last season the goalscoring duties fell on quartet Mirko Vucinic, Sebastian Giovinco, Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella.

Juve general manager Beppe Marotta has confirmed that the Turin giants are open to selling two of the afore-mentioned four players.

"I don't want to make names, but we have six strikers and we'll keep only four of them," Marotta told Sky Sports Italia.

Vucinic was signed for big money from Roma, and was a starter for the side more often than not last term. Giovinco, despite having to prove his worth at the club with successful loan spells elsewhere, adds guile and creativity that the other three lack. As such the likely candidates for transfer are Quagliarella and Matri.

Quagliarella is the more experienced of the two players on their way out, and has proven himself as a tricky opponent for Serie A defences over the years. Although he has never been massively prolific, the 30-year-old has scored consistently for Udinese, Napoli and latterly Juventus.

With 25 international caps for the Azzurri, Quagliarella has the ability to be the summer’s bargain buy, as Juve will most likely let him go for a modest fee. Norwich were linked with the Italian, but after the signing of Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper are unlikely to add a third striker this summer.

Matri is more of an orthodox number nine, and has an eye for goal that made him a crowd favourite at Juventus after he signed from Cagliari in 2011. A product of the AC Milan youth system, Matri has been a consistent Serie A player for the last six seasons, and certainly knows where the goal is. Five Italy caps and one goal were rewards for his excellent start to life in Turin, but he has went off the boil slightly of late due to the lack of a consistent run in the team.

Although it is likely that both Quagliarella and Matri will be pursued by clubs in their homeland, both have the calibre and track record to be a success if they were to move to the Premier League. With neither commanding a huge transfer fee, a number of the sides in the lower half of the division should be looking at the pair.

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