Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Former Juventus Captain Wants Lugano in Torino

Former Juventus Captain Wants Lugano in Torino
By Nathan L. Redd

Diego Lugano has been no stranger to transfer rumors over the last six months, and recently he was linked with a move to Italian scandalous side Juventus. One former Juventus captain is hoping his old club will make a move for the Fenerbahce star.

"Lugano has been playing for long enough in Turkiye and at a high level. He is now mature enough to command defences in Italy" said former captain Paolo Montero. Montero seems to be in denial about the state of Italian calcio when compared to Turk futbol. Italy is going through a public relations nightmare with seemingly a new scandal each week. The dark cloud hovering over Italy also seems to be impacting their ability to bring in new transfers, as numerous international stars have squashed rumors connecting them to Italy.

Juventus, just promoted after last year's relegation campaign for match-fixing, are trying to clean up their image, not an easy task for a club linked with controversy in the past. While the Torino side were playing in Serie B last season, Lugano was making a name for himself on the international stage at Fenerbahce. This season Lugano has become an even hotter commodity with Fenerbahce's recent European success in UEFA Champions League.

Fenerbahce seems to have no interest in letting Lugano go, and they don't have to with their current financial state. Montero and Juventus, on the other hand, seem to be creating their own rumors of bringing in unlikely stars in an effort to clean up their image and enhance their reputation. The January transfer window will tell whether or not Juventus is still the big club they believe they are.


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