Juventus director Beppe Marotta was “satisfied with the transfer market, but not everything went as we hoped,” including Paul Pogba.
It has certainly been a busy summer for the Bianconeri, selling Pogba, but bringing in Gonzalo Higuain, Miralem Pjanic, Marko Pjaca, Medhi Benatia, Juan Cuadrado and more.
“We are satisfied with the market and I wish to thank all those who worked to achieve these results,” Marotta told JTV.
“It is only normal that objectives are not all achieved, otherwise we’d have perfection. Not everything went as we hoped, but we are still very satisfied, as we did get many of the targets we had set.
“The transfer market over two windows in the summer and January is the synthesis of work that happens throughout the year monitoring players and situations.
“That means we are already working for the future to find promising young players and interesting opportunities.”
The transfer deadline has just passed, but fans are already asking who will arrive in January.
“I hope we don’t buy anyone in January, as that will mean the current squad did brilliantly, but the aim of Juventus is to improve always. The January window is complementary to the current squad, so it’s a bit early to say, but we are keeping an eye on various situations.”
Juventus spent €90m to activate Gonzalo Higuain’s release clause from Napoli, but also sold Pogba to Manchester United for €105m plus €5m bonuses.
“We always said we never wanted to sell Pogba, as he was an important figure for the club, the Coach and the fans. He wanted a change of scenery and to experience a different situation, so faced with that we had to enter into negotiations and try to make him happy.
“We had already targeted Higuain and he was the main image we had in our head, but it was a coincidence that this happened at the same time that Pogba asked to leave.”
Mino Raiola believes soon a club will pay the first €240m price-tag for a player.
“In recent years the figures have climbed rapidly, even to an illogical degree. Mind you, revenues have increased, individual clubs have big backers and this money is ploughed into the transfer market as well as the wages.
“In England clubs have far more available money than the other Leagues, so that skews the market.”