By Football Italian staffMore football: Juventus’ goal is to win the Champions League in 2020 article A new era has dawned for Juventus in the Italian Super Cup, as the Nerazzurri have taken a commanding first-half lead at the top of the table, but it’s not without some worrying signs.
The Bianconeri are now three points ahead of Lazio, and while their form in the last two weeks has been superb, their chances of reaching the semi-finals of the competition are limited.
Juventus need to beat Napoli on Wednesday night in order to secure a first place, and after a 1-0 win over AC Milan in Turin on Sunday, it’s been suggested that the Nerazurri will look to add to their win total on Wednesday with a win against AC Milan.
But as much as they’re playing a dangerous brand of football, Juventus are still favourites for signing the winger, who will cost around €16m (£14.4m) with a release clause of €15m (£11.1m).
The 27-year-old has scored 10 goals in 12 Serie A games this season, and the Neras are clearly in a very good position to make a profit, as they already have three top-class strikers in Angel di Maria and Gianluigi Buffon.
Di Maria is currently recovering from a hamstring injury, and with the likes of Angel di María and Andrea Barzagli in the side, Juventus would be very tempted to sell the Argentina international, while Buffon is also a target for Juventus.
But Shevchenko is one of the most talented players in the world, and a move to Juventus would definitely benefit the club financially.
Juve have already had a transfer ban lifted for the second time this year, but they’re still expected to pay a hefty fee to Lazio for the striker, as Juventus would need to recoup €5m (£4.9m) from the sale.
That money is not only needed to sign Shevchukchenko, but also to replace Buffon, who would make up the rest of the Bianconera’s squad.
Juvelin president Silvio Berlusconi has stated that the Biancans want to sign both Di Maria and Buffon at the same time, but that the striker will be the priority.
Juose also have the option to sign former AC Milan striker Giuseppe Rossi as well, but the former Italy international will be free to join Napoli this summer.