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Juventus have moved to strengthen their squad just two days after clinching the Scudetto by signing Ternana captain Fabrizio Miccoli in a £3 million deal.

21-year-old striker Andrea Gasbarroni, who spent the season on loan at third division side Varese, will join the Serie B club in part exchange for Miccoli.

Miccoli, 23, is known for his pace and scoring touch and has become known as the Michael Owen of Ternana for his cool finishing and dazzling runs.

Miccoli will attempt to convince coach Marcello Lippi over the summer that he deserves a place in the Juve squad for next season.

More likely is that he will be used in part exchange in an attempt to bring either Brescia striker Luca Toni or Verona's Romania international Adrian to the Stadio delle Alpi.
 

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wow, look out, another top signing there. lets give away a top youth player for someone else.

its always the same $hit, we give away our good young players and go for others.

i thought Mutu was ours already!!
 

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CUG: It's true that our own youngsters rarely breaks through with Juve. However- how many of our own youngsters have made it big elsewhere, and what would have been their chances to do so if they had had to stay at Juve and fight for places ?

Corini, Perrotta, Manfredini, Sartor... these are the first four from the top of my head, who plays in serie A and has had good seasons. Sartor was seen like THE big thing, but he didn't produce, and after having been to Inter and parma- what is he other than a good player ? Corini is what... 27 now ? It's been 7 years since he was last with Juve, and there's no telling what he would have been if he had stayed with us. Maybe an NT regular, but more likely someone we would look upon like a failure. Manfredini... who knows ? He didn't make an impact. Perrotta was loaned out to get experience at Bari, played like a nobody and Juve gave up on him when selling him cheap to Chievo... which now looks like a mistake as Perrotta has ROCKED this season. But he didn't before.

Not even Del Piero or Tacchinardi are THAT much our own really. They were bought like Maresca and Brighi in their late teens, but DP especially was just too outrageous a talent not to use straight away. Back then there were other foreigner regularions too though, and it was "easier" for them to come through.
In the end- having many competent youngsters, alongside obviously being a very rich club, helps Moggi dominate the transfer market, and build the relations to get players like DP, Vieri, Pippo etc. The only player in latter years Juve has really looked intent on keeping within the club has been Rigoni, but his cruciate ligaments injuries destroyed that, and now he has to work himself up through oan deals like he is currently.

There's no saying Miccoli (and I think he IS in fact signed as Moggi said so himself, even if I don't know if he will be taken into Juve now or used to get someone else) will be another DP or something great like that, but he IS carrying a 6.73 average

http://calcio.datasport.it/Db/voti_sel_ruolo.asp

- which makes him the highest graded attacker of serie B, and third when counting serie A as well.

Btw. one of the reasons it's difficult getting our own products through is because the big clubs are not allowed to have a B- side in the pro leagues. In Spain Real, Barca etc. have teams in the segunda division, and the hot commodities can get experience against the grown ups there- thus making the transition alot easier (just look how Motta broke through this season). Instead- in Italy the not quite ready youngsters will have to go on loan, because Juve and the others can't afford to play players who aren't ready in serie A. You want to win too don't you ?

I think getting Miccoli would be real nice, because his primary abilities are pace and skill. Last young Italian bought on that account was Del Piero, and it would be great seing a 22 year old get some chances with us if he's as good as he's touted to be. Remember that 15 serie B goals with a crappy side like Ternana is no mean feat.

On Mutu- nothing has been decided yet, but it's certain that Mutu won't be playing serie B next season. So far we seem to be the favourites for him, but Parma are very interested as well, and since there is a t least one player we would like to get out hands on from Parma- Moggi might have an interest in letting Sacchi get him.

Ciao.
 
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