Juventus Plan Summer Clear Out With Five Of Their Stars Named As Up For Sale
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Juventus are planning to overhaul their playing squad in the summer by clearing out five superstars, according to reports.
Andrea Pirlo's side are struggling this season, 10 points behind leaders Inter Milan in Serie A and out of the Champions League before the quarter-final stage after succumbing to Porto.
Juve's ageing squad looks set for a redbuild in 2021 and there are five players named as being available for interested clubs. According to Sportsmail, that includes former Arsenal player Aaron Ramsey and Argentina international Paulo Dybala.
That is completely logical, as both attacking midfielders are reportedly on high wages but have been largely bit-part players this season, with Wales international Ramsey having a frustrating time with injury.
Dybala was widely viewed as the jewel in Juve's crown for several years, but he has just three goals in 16 games this term. The 27-year-old should also have a high sell-on value given his age and ability.
The other three players reportedly up for sale are 30-year-old Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro, plus France international Adrien Rabiot and Uruguay star Rodrigo Bentancur.
That means four of the five players on the clear-out list are midfielders, as Pirlo and the club clearly view this area of the pitch as most in need of regeneration.
There has been speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo could also be available for a discount price of less than £30 million. But the 36-year-old - who has a year to run on his contract - is not among those named so far (and has scored 30 goals in 34 games for the Old Lady this season).
In February, Juventus announced losses of £99million for the first half of the season. Which could also be a key reason to get some high-earning internationals off the wage books.
Whether Pirlo will be around to manage the remodelled squad is another matter, as the Italy and Juve legend looks set to become the first Juventus manager in a decade not to end the season by winning the Scudetto.
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Topics: Serie A, Andrea Pirlo, Paulo Dybala, Juventus, Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey