Aguero can only help Juventus spend their way to seventh
Another summer spree is unlikely to revitalise the frail Old Lady
History states that Juventus are a much bigger club than Atletico Madrid, with 27 Serie A triumphs to the Spaniard’s nine La Liga titles and seven Champions League Finals to the latter’s one, but Sergio Aguero will be making a big mistake if he trades Madrid for Turin this summer.
When the Argentine first announced his intention to leave the Vicente Calderon, Real Madrid and Manchester City were mentioned as potential destinations, yet his options now appear so limited that he’d actually be better served staying put.
Over the last five years, the Rojiblancos have achieved two top-four finishes in the league rated the second best in Europe by UEFA coefficients, winning the inaugural Europa League too.
Juventus by contrast haven’t even spent all that time in the fourth finest, Serie A, having suffered an enforced relegation in 2005-06 for their leading role in the Calciopoli. They’ve never quite recovered, hindering their progress further by harshly axing Claudio Ranieri in 2009.
The Old Lady of Italian football continue to throw a seemingly endless pot of money at the problem, aided by their name value remaining strong despite recent traumas, as the Aguero situation shows, however it doesn’t get them anywhere.
After ditching Ranieri late on in 2008-09, they handed rookie boss Ciro Ferrara, who they hoped would prove to be their Pep Guardiola replica, a £32.31 million summer kitty.
That hefty outlay was twice the net spend of Premier League champions Chelsea and blew away Serie A and Champions League winners Inter, who actually recorded a profit, and yet the result was seventh place and another change in the dugout.
The past year was Luigi Del Neri’s turn to guide the Bianconeri to seventh despite another £18 million net spend and an eye-popping wage bill given the number of loan deals made with options to buy.
Another fairly low-key coach is leading the Aguero chase, former captain Antonio Conte, and he has also received an absurd level of financial support, with £40 million invested already, the majority on players that failed to have the desired impact last term on loan.