No matter who Juventus added to their strikeforce this summer, it was basically assumed that somebody was going to be going out the other direction. It doesn't take a degree in rocket science. It's just simple math. Five strikers is the ideal number for a Juventus team that is about to compete on three fronts, but having six is just one too many.
It was just a matter of who it would be, and how much Juve would get for them.
Alessandro Matri was linked with an exit at the beginning of the summer, but now all the talk of a forward leaving Turin has turned to Fabio Quagliarella, the 30-year-striker who scored 13 goals in all competitions last season. First he was linked with a move within Italy, now it seems that, much in the same fashion as Emanuele Giaccherini, England may be calling in the very near future.
Very unsure whether Norwich and Quagliarella is a match made in heaven. Sounds like one of those "is he available? Oh, let's have him" moves— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) July 13, 2013
And then there was this.
Norwich offered 10 million euros for Quagliarella, according to reliable @dimarzio. The offer was turned down by Juventus. Bizarre x2.— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) July 16, 2013
Is there a interest in Quaglirella from Norwich's end? Yeah, most likely there is something there. Is what has been reported concrete and actually what's happened? Who knows. Does Quagliarella, after playing on a team that has won the past two Serie A titles really want to spend the last few prime years of his career on a team that will likely finish mid-table at best in England? Yeah, not so certain about that one, too.
But whatever the case may be, Quaglirella's apparently on the market and the second English Premier League team in as many weeks are doing some shopping in Turin. They've apparently come with money to spend, too! Oh what fun we could all have.
In all seriousness, it's no surprise to see Juventus (possibly) fielding offers for somebody like Quagliarella. Not because he's a bad player, not anything close to that. He can still be a productive players, as he showed last year when he played on a consistent basis. It may not be at the same level before his knee decided to explode on him in the pre-Antonio Conte days, but it's impossible to say he wasn't a contributor last season. Just ask Chelsea about those goals in the Champions League if you still aren't sure.
And let's face it: Quagliarella is surplus at this point — the main reason Juve are even listening to offers in the first place.