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Beppe Marotta says Juventus want to sign ‘a top midfielder’ in the summer of 2017

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It is January, therefore we must talk transfers again. I don’t know if it’s an official rule or just an unwritten one, but ‘tis the time where we have transfers — and the accompanying rumors — becoming more and more of a constant in all of our Juventus-related conversations.

That also involves what Beppe Marotta has to say whenever Juve’s director general speaks to the Italian press. On Wednesday, Marotta gave us a lengthy and informative update on Juventus’ January transfer activity. And while some of the info included is what we know — Tomas Rincon is signed and Atalanta defender Mattia Caldara is about to become a Juve player — Marotta also told us about what is in store for the future when it comes to Juventus’ roster construction.

And I don’t know about you, but I like what Marotta had to say about the future.

“We’re happy with our squad in every department. Compared to October we’ve bought Rincon and got (Claudio) Marchisio back, so two more players.

“In addition, we’re nearing completion for Caldara, so for signings we’ve already got two done.

“January is also used to work for the future, we’ll have some contact for players who aren’t available right now. We took Caldara because he suits our model, we’ve got great professionals in defense but they’re a bit older and we have to think of the future.

“We’ll let (Atalanta) loan him for six months and probably next season too, because we’re good in defense, we have (Medhi) Benatia who we’ll probably sign outright.

“In midfield we have some interesting young Italians, and we’re looking for a top player in that role who will be available for next season.”

(Source: Football Italia)

For the sake of discussion, we will keep things to the final paragraph. That’s what’s in the headline, of course, so that’s where we’re going to focus our attention.

You look at Juventus’ midfield and it’s pretty clear that there’s one piece that’s missing if the 4-3-1-2 is something that Max Allegri is going to make a regular thing going forward. The names currently being linked to Juventus as a result of Marotta’s comments aren’t exactly new ones — especially when you consider Tuttosport and La Gazzetta dello Sport are already back on the Marco Verratti to Juventus rumor train.

That’s almost certainly going to be a regular thing as we move forward in the next four or five months. There will be the same names, same rumors, same everything that consume the papers even when there are games going on. (That’s probably even more of the case when it comes to Verratti knowing that he’s Italian and Juventus loves them some talented Italian players.)