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Aguero to Zarate through Sanchez & Tevez - The A to Z of Juventus transfer 'targets' in Italy's silly season

By Kris Voakes

It is far from uncommon for one club to be at the centre of attention during any given transfer window. In Spain, every man and his dog tends to be linked to Real Madrid – though, in fairness, they do normally end up signing everyone but the dog – while in England it’s Tottenham who seem to be automatically associated with anyone who becomes available. The Italian equivalent is Juventus.

The Bianconeri have been linked in the Italian written press with around 50 players so far this summer, but if you were to include internet news sources too the exact number would need a fine-toothed comb, a lot of hours of research, and a very big abacus to ascertain.

So with the market being centred so heavily around Juve, we have knocked together an A to Z of the Turin side’s supposed targets, and it doesn't even include the likes of Michel Bastos, Franck Ribery, Rolando and Matias Aguirregaray...

A - Sergio Aguero

The Argentine has remained on Juve's list of obiettivi for the entire summer so far, though they have reportedly been scared off by Atletico Madrid's €45 million valuation. They've never appeared to be the favourites to snap him up though, and his father-in-law Diego Maradona claimed this weekend that 'Kun' won't change cities.

B - Karim Benzema

The striker has had a tough run of luck at Real Madrid, with Jose Mourinho having had a series of run-ins with the club hierarchy over his desire for a new number nine in the winter. That has seen many numbering Benzema's days at the Bernabeu and, with Juve looking for a new front man, there has been talk he could arrive at Vinovo.

C - Chile's Mauricio Pinilla

Pinilla has proven a more than capable target man for Palermo over the past 12 months, and this has led to his name being linked with bigger clubs. At the end of May, this La Gazzetta dello Sport was claiming that Juve were looking to make a bid of around €7m for the Chilean, but so far nothing has materialised.

D - Lassana Diarra

In their quest to bring in a central midfielder with sufficient bite in the place of Felipe Melo, the Old Lady have reportedly put together the beginnings of a bid for the Real Madrid No.10. His stock has risen since arriving in the Spanish capital from Portsmouth, so it would take a fair amount of cash for the Frenchman to become their Melo proxy.

E - Edin Dzeko

They were unable to bring the Bosnian in during 2010-11 due to the extracomunitario rule, but now there would be nothing stopping Dzeko becoming their new centre-forward. The sticking point now would be that Manchester City may want to recoup a large amount of the €30m they paid Wolfsburg for him in January.

F - Fernando

The Brazilian midfielder has come to the wider public's attention thanks to Porto's magnificent 2010-11 season, and he hasn't avoided the attention of the press either. He's another who features daily in the sports tabloids' obiettivi column, but it's unclear quite how much Antonio Conte and Giuseppe Marotta have discussed such a move.

G - Sebastian Giovinco

Much was written about the possibility of Giovinco being recalled to Turin long before new boss Antonio Conte made it clear he'd like 'La Formica Atomica' at his disposal. But after his much improved displays on loan at Parma last season he has stated his intention to remain with the Ducali after they take up their 50 per cent option on him.

H - Gonzalo Higuain

Yet another striker who the papers have linked with a move to the Stadio delle Alpi next term. The Real Madrid star, who missed much of 2010-11 through injury, is unlikely to be allowed to leave the Valdebebas side for a pittance, making him yet another potential target that would come at a premium.

I - Gokhan Inler

The Swiss has regained his right to rack up a mountain of column inches thanks to a much improved 2010-11 campaign, and his is one case in which Juventus' interest has appeared very real. He looked set for Napoli for much of the second half of last season but could well become a Bianconero on returning from holiday.

J - Javier Pastore

At a cost of anything between €30-70m depending on which side of the bed Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini wakes up on each day, the Argentine will likely be out of Juve's price range. It's also true that his trequartista position would not be catered for in Conte's 4-2-4, but it hasn't stopped the papers speculating.

K - Simon Kjaer

Palermo centre-back goes to Wolfsburg, doesn't entirely convince, heads to Juve. Apparently that's the natural course of things in the minds of the Italian dailies as the Dane has been tipped to follow the path trodden by Andrea Barzagli. Though the Bianconeri have their defensive issues to sort, it's unclear whether Kjaer is a real target.

L - Ezequiel Lavezzi

'El Pocho' was the latest name linked to Vinovo this weekend, but the Argentine quickly shot down any talk of a move away from the San Paolo. "I will win the Copa America and stay at Napoli," the skilful No.22 blasted. Lavezzi has been a hero in Naples since arriving in 2007 and was nearly likely to snub Champions League football.

M - Riccardo Montolivo

Any Italian international who states he's looking to move on is generally linked with Juventus somewhere along the line, so it was no surprise to see Montolivo's name come up on the pages of Tuttosport after he announced he will leave Fiorentina this summer. In truth, though, it's Inter who are favourites to snap up the midfielder.

N - Neymar

There were many people who fiercely believed in the Bianconeri's chances of landing Neymar this summer, but the Santos star appears to be heading for Real Madrid. The papers responded to news the Brazilian is close to signing a deal in Spain by claiming Aguero, Tevez, Benzema and Higuain could be freed for moves to Turin as a result.

O - Old Trafford regular Nani

There has been constant speculation over the wing man's future with Manchester United over recent weeks in Italy. It would appear that times aren't as pleasant for the Portuguese as they once were, with the return from injury of Luis Antonio Valencia leading to a lack of game time and the inevitable link to Juventus.

P - Raffaele Palladino

Palladino has unfortunately fallen into the category of great talents hampered by injury in recent years, but in 2011 his luck has come in again. He played 11 games for Parma after joining in the January window, setting off talk between Italian journalists that he may be recalled to play on the left of Conte's 4-2-4 next season.

Q - QPR's Adel Taarabt

The Moroccan set the Championship alight last season as the Hoops were practically promoted by Christmas, and his performances led to the likes of Shakhtar Donetsk, Sunderland and West Brom showing an interest. Lazio had a €12m bid turned down, leaving Juventus as the only Italian club still in the race.

R - Giuseppe Rossi

With a great deal of talk over the New Jersey-born hitman's future, the name of Juventus was always likely to come up at some point. Barcelona have led the race for his capture, but Alexis Sanchez's likely signing has cast their bid in some doubt. If he is to leave Villarreal, Turin is one of several possible destinations.

S - Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez has spent the last month getting closer and closer to Barcelona, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Inter also showing interest at various stages. Juve's name inevitably came up too, with Tuttosport spending much of the last four weeks insisting he could turn up in Turin if talks with the Catalans fall flat.

T - Carlos Tevez

With his constant wavering over a long-term future in Manchester over the last 12 months it now appears almost inevitable that Tevez will be on the move, and Tuttosport in particular have dedicated many column inches to claims he could end up in the north-west of Italy. The trail leading him towards Inter appears to have gone cold.

U - Udinese's Kwadwo Asamoah

Two years after they were first linked with the Ghanaian midfielder, Juve have again been credited with an interest in the Udinese star. While there is little doubt that Asamoah would be an asset, it is unlikely that the Friulani will want to lose more than one or two of their first-teamers this summer, so a Turin switch would be a surprise.

V - Mirko Vucinic

The Roma striker appears to be a realistic target for Juve, with his agent Alessandro Lucci having admitted to talks with the club, though he did say that they had discussed "many players". The Montenegrin is destined for a transfer, but there are also English clubs showing an interest, meaning Juventus have a fight on their hands.

W - Werder Bremen's Marko Marin

Werder Bremen players seem to find themselves heavily linked with Italian clubs as a natural consequence of their countless clashes with clubs from the peninsula over the past six years. Marin faced up to both Sampdoria and Inter last season, and the newspapers will have you believe Juve were watching him closely.

X - X-Factor wannabe Royston Drenthe

Between going on strike over unpaid wages and releasing a rather uninspiring song with rapper U-Niq, the Real Madrid winger/full-back has allegedly attracted attention in Turin. His season on loan at Hercules was blighted by a pay dispute which led to the Alicante club suspending him but that hasn't curtailed apparent Juve interest.

Y - Young Colombian star James Rodriguez

After his displays for Porto which saw his club increase his buyout clause to €45m, Rodriguez's star rose even higher during the recent Toulon tournament as he led Colombia to a deserved triumph. Juve are just one of a number of clubs thought to have had their ears pricked by news of his performances in the south of France.

Z - Mauro Zarate

This weekend saw another name thrown into the mix with Zarate said by Tuttosport to have all the characteristics that Conte is looking for in his search for a striker. Whether that rules out their previous links with Benzema, Higuain, Tevez, Sanchez, Neymar, Lavezzi and Dzeko is anyone's guess!

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