World Cup-winner to ex-club: Sign Arsenal-linked star, beware Manchester United target

Former Juventus wide man Mauro Camoranesi offered his thoughts on Edinson Cavani and Paulo Dybala.

Argentine-born Italian World Cup winner Mauro Camoranesi urged Juventus to move for Edinson Cavani via Tuttosport, but remains unconvinced by Paulo Dybala.

The 38-year-old was a loyal servant to the Bianconeri in his playing days, amassing nearly 300 appearances for the Old Lady over eight years and staying on board despite relegation due to Calciopoli.

Juventus have regained the status as leaders in Serie A that Camoranesi experienced in his first few years in Turin over the course of the past four seasons, dominating the league with relative ease.

But the Champions League has nonetheless been something of a struggle, with a quarter-final appearance two years ago the furthest the Old Lady has gone in the contemporary era.

Camoranesi has now called on his former employers to target Paris Saint-Germain striker Cavani in order to help level the playing field with Europe’s elite.

He told Tuttosport: “Cavani is a world class striker. Cavani and [Carlos] Tevez would be a fantastic strike partnership. Maybe he wouldn’t be enough to ensure they won the Champions League, but he’d certainly help them make a leap forward in Europe.

“It’s important to show that you’re a top club by getting great players on the transfer market, not average signings leaving you with five players you have to sell.”

Juventus have been reluctant to spend heavily of late, something Arsenal were criticised for before stumping up for Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in consecutive summers.

The Gunners themselves have been heavily linked with Cavani in recent weeks, while L’Equipe have touted Atletico Madrid as serious competition for the Uruguayan.

Bianconeri director Beppe Marotta told La Gazzetta dello Sport in late February that the idea of signing Cavani was “fantasy football” given the striker’s massive price tag.

Camoranesi’s wish to see the South American in Turin is in turn highly unlikely to come to fruition, but he was asked about another candidate for Juventus.

Paulo Dybala has set Serie A alight this term for Palermo, with Rosanero president Maurizio Zamparini informing Tuttosport of interest from the Old Lady last month.

Sky Sport Italia transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio claimed around the same time that Zamparini had flown to London for possible talks with Manchester United and Arsenal.

But as the football world looks on keenly in anticipation of where the Palermo contract rebel will end up, Camoranesi isn’t so sure the 21-year-old is ready for the big stage.

He added: “Dybala is a lad who can change a game, so he could be Juventus quality. That said, playing for Palermo is one thing, Juventus is quite another.

“Dybala is a loose cannon, the difference with Juve is that he’d have to do more. I’m reminded of something [ex-Juventus head coach] Fabio Capello used to say.

“What was it? When he pointed in the direction of a talented youngster he’d say: ‘Let’s see how he does with another club, we’ll take him when we’re sure he can make a difference.’”

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