Juventus' 10 biggest sales of all time
Juventus' transfer dealings had helped them to nine straight Serie A titles, but a fourth place finish in the 2020/21 season could mean a different approach is now necessary.
The Old Lady may have paid the price for letting go of players such as Leonardo Spinazzola, Miralem Pjanic and Joao Cancelo in recent years, sales that returned generous fees but also weakened the side.
And while the marquee signing of Cristiano Ronaldo has been highly successful from an individual standpoint, you wonder whether his absurd salary is preventing the Italian giants from having a better overall squad.
Here are the biggest sales in the club's history.
10. Leonardo Spinazzola - £25m (Roma, 2019)
The sale of Spinazzola initially hadn't looked a bad one, a decent return on a decent Serie A full-back.
However, his exceptional form at the 2020 European Championship has caught the eye of many, and Juve fans, in particular, will be wondering why their team never really gave him a chance.
Though the 28-year-old has suffered a torn achilles, so it won't be until 2022 that we will see if he can replicate that level of performance for his club side.
Spinazzola singing the Italian National Anthem from his home after having surgery— Italian Football TV (@IFTVofficial) July 6, 2021
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9. Alvaro Morata - £25m (Real Madrid, 2016)
In the strange career of Morata, Juventus signed him from Real Madrid in 2014 before selling him back to Los Blancos in 2016 under a buy-back clause.
For whatever reason, the Spaniard has had an impressive goal return for the number of minutes received at every destination, and Juve was no different.
In fact, he managed 13 goal contributions in 11 and 16 starts, respectively, in his two seasons in Serie A, meaning his sale for just £25m was quite the shame, especially when Chelsea forked out around £60m for him not long after.
8. Filippo Inzaghi - £31m (AC Milan, 2001)
A resounding success at Juventus, with 57 goals in 120 Serie A appearances, Inzaghi's departure to a domestic rival wasn't a smart decision.
Even though his replacement, David Trezeguet, was a superb player himself, the Bianconeri surely would have been better served keeping Inzaghi at the club.
He went on to lift the Champions League trophy for Milan in 2007, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over Liverpool.
7. Mattia Caldara - £31m (AC Milan, 2018)
Receiving £31m for a player that never made an appearance for your club is excellent business by anyone's standards.
Add to that, Caldara hasn't made a Serie A appearance for Milan either, three seasons and two loans at Atalanta later.
At 27, it doesn't look as though this sale will ever come back to bite Juventus.
6. Arturo Vidal - £34m (Bayern Munich, 2015)
A clever financial decision, Vidal was offloaded to Bayern Munich while still at his peak, but only just before his inevitable decline.
This maximised the fee the club could receive, something that has been replicated many times over the years.
A valuable, but not crucial, player, Juve were able to cope without the Chile international.
5. Leonardo Bonucci - £36m (AC Milan, 2017)
A club legend, Bonucci was sold to rivals Milan in 2017 for a handsome fee, with the defender said to be wanting a new challenge.
However, just 12 months after his arrival, all parties involved came to an agreement for the reversal of this transfer, with the Old Lady making a minimal profit.
Bonucci has been at Juventus ever since and looked as impressive as ever at the European Championship, alongside a teammate, for club and country, Georgio Chiellini.
4. Miralem Pjanic - £51m (Barcelona, 2020)
Albeit a loss of experience and quality, this offer for Pjanic couldn't be turned down.
It's fair to say he's failed to settle at Barcelona, and has been linked with to move to England just a year later.
But while these types of deals represent good value, did they come at a cost of not winning a 10th straight Serie A title?
Barcelona and Juventus, ultimately, made the deal between Pjanic and Arthur to balance their finances, not for football reasons.
No way there’s Tottenham fans turning their noses up on Pjanic when we still employ the likes of Sissoko and Winks...— Hotspur Edition (@HotspurEdition) July 5, 2021
3. Joao Cancelo - £56m (Man City, 2019)
The perfect modern full-back, Cancelo has been excellent for Manchester City, on the left and right side of the defence.
And unlike Pjanic or Bonucci, the Portuguese player was of an age where the fee that Juve could command would only rise each year.
So it's not often that you can call a £56m sale a mistake, but Juventus could have held onto Cancelo for a few more seasons and then sold him at an even higher price.
2. Zinedine Zidane - £66m (Real Madrid, 2001)
One of the greatest players of all time, Zidane was never going to remain a Juventus player for the rest of his career, but to sell such a remarkable talent without lifting the Champions League in the Frenchman's time in Turin has got to hurt.
Juventus lost two straight European finals with the Frenchman as their talisman, and only managed two Serie A titles in his time in Italy.
This is one of those sales that the club must regret, but they're not the only ones to lose their best player to Real Madrid.
1. Paul Pogba - £90m (Manchester United, 2016)
In arguably the deal of the century, the Bianconeri, with the help of Mino Raiola, were able to poach a young midfielder by the name of Pogba from Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United on a free transfer.
Pogba went on to become one of the elite players and most marketable stars in world football, before rejoining United for a then-world record fee.
A £90m profit is a quite remarkable piece of business, even if he has constantly been linked with a move back to Turin.