The Old Lady are hoping to tie down their coach until 2018, with a plan to back his vision in the transfer market
By Romeo Agresti | Juventus Correspondent
Juventus might be firmly in the driving seat in their bid to secure a third successive Scudetto, but their sights are not only focused on this season.
While the Serie A title and a tilt at the Europa League remain key targets, the club are looking to build for the forseeable future and the good news for the Bianconeri faithful is that Antonio Conte is at the heart of the Juve masterplan.
The club are ready to throw their weight behind the 44-year-old coach, with a new contract and a Conte-led assault on the transfer market central to their vision.
After originally looking set to offer the ex-Siena boss a deal until 2016, there was some suggestion that the Lecce product would be more likely to stay in Turin until only 2015. However, talks in recent weeks have been much more positive, with a very real possibility developing that Conte could renew until 2017 or even 2018.
But the vision of the Bianconeri future doesn't end there, with the powers that be at Corso Gallileo Ferraris set to launch into the transfer market with an assault dictated entirely by Conte himself. According to well-informed sources, the coach has given director-general Giuseppe Marotta and sporting director Fabio Paratici the brief of signing Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado and Alessio Cerci from neighbours Torino. The intimation is that Conte sees Juve's shape changing - potentially to a 4-3-3 - as they attempt to replicate their Italian dominance in the Champions League in years to come.
Conte & Marotta | The board is willing to back the coach all the wayThe latest developments mean that Monaco's recent moves to feel out the possibility of Conte switching to the principality will likely be in vain. The coach is said to feel "at home" with Juventus, a club with whom he spent 13 years as a player, and he wants to be a part of the evolution of the club in both the short and long term as they attempt to bridge the gap between them and the top European clubs.
Senior figures are agreed that it is the Champions League that needs to be given a more central focus in the coming years, with the famous old trophy having not been seen in Turin since 1996 and only twice in history. Given the current economic state in Italy, patience has reigned supreme. Yet Juve are well set to make the correct moves in the market to give them a real hope of progressing deep into the flagship tournament in years to come.
While the task is far from simple, there is a real will to continue forward from all parties at Vinovo, including the key man Conte. The coming months will be important in the long-term future of Juventus, but the future - save for some unexpected twists - is already written. And that can only be good news for the coach, the Old Lady and her fans.