Sebastian Giovinco’s time at Juventus could be coming to an end, with one of either Tottenham Hotspur, Fiorentina or Toronto FC being his likeliest destination. The ‘Atomic Ant’ has a contract with Juve until June 2015 but the club and player have yet to come to an agreement on an extension meaning a sale in January looks possible.
There’s been long-standing interest in the player from a number of teams, most notably Arsenal and Spurs who were both interested in signing the player just last year. “I am not surprised that Arsenal and Tottenham are being linked, considering the quality of Arsene Wenger’s choices and the fine level of Tottenham’s squad.” his agent Andrea D’Amico told Calcionews24.com in June 2014. Both teams were reported to be monitoring the player, but Spurs looks to be slightly ahead in that race, especially given Juve’s recent interest in Paulinho. Spanish site Fichajes.net claimed that the North London side were looking to buy the player in January and that talks had already been held with the player about a possible move.
Another possible destination could be Florence, with Juve and Fiorentina reportedly looking at a straight swap which would involve Norberto Neto. The Brazilian keeper is also out of contract in the summer and an exchange of players looked to be a good option for both sides, although Liverpool may have some say in that.
Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Juventus’ Paul Pogba after it emerged that Real Madrid are planning a £77 million swoop for the French midfielder according to the Express. Chelsea have also been linked with the 21-year-old midfielder, but Madrid could blow both Premier League clubs out of the water with their sensational bid.
Both clubs will still be keen to sign him, but the pulling power of Madrid and their enormous £77 million bid may mean the Frenchman leaves Turin for Spain, though the move may have to wait until the summer. The Daily Express quoted Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri as saying: “He is young, strong and can do more than what he has shown
“The future? In June, you do not know what can happen, it is normal that everyone wants him: we try to live only the present.” The 21-year-old is in high demand across Europe, having exploded onto the scene fully at Juventus. Although he had impressed as a teenager at Manchester United.
The Red Devils allowed him to leave the club for free during Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure, as they could not guarantee him first team football. Juventus took him on and he has gone on to establish himself as indispensable to the Old Lady. In his first two seasons in Turin, Pogba won the Scudetto twice and has become a regular in the France national team, performing as one of their standout players at last summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Pogba has been heavily linked with a return to Manchester United with the Daily Mail reporting that the 21-year-old claims he still loves Man United.
The 26 year old Brazilian cost the White Hart Lane side £17m in the summer of 2013 and had a decent debut season at the north London club but is clearly not part of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans having failed to start a single fixture this season. Juventus are keen to strengthen this month having seen their Serie A title aspirations severely tested by AS Roma and Paulinho is too good a player to be left warming the bench.
Pochettino has elected to most commonly used Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Etienne Capoue as his central midfield options and could see the sale of Paulinho as a good way to bump his transfer fund pot. Chairman Daniel Levy would certainly demand a big fee for Paulinho, a sum as close to that which they paid Corinthians as possible.