- 22 January
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Five Juventus stars who could be offloaded after board resignation
Juventus' entire board - including Andre Agnelli and Pavel Nedved - have resigned amid accusations of financial mismanagement and false accounting, and might soon have to sell players.
That might depend on the punishment Juve are hit with, but if the 2006 Calciopoli scandal is anything to go by, the Old Lady could find themselves relegated with a player exodus to follow.
Back then, some of Juve's most saleable assets such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Patrick Vieira and Fabio Cannavaro left, although Alessandro Del Piero and Gianluigi Buffon stayed loyal.
Who is likeliest to head for the Juventus Stadium exit door this time around?
The most obvious departure would seem to be Adrien Rabiot. The midfielder, currently at the World Cup with France, is out of contract at the end of the season anyway and nearly joined Manchester United in the summer.
"I feel attracted by the football, by the Premier League itself and its super competitive nature," he said recently. "I loved my time there [in the Manchester City youth academy], even if I was young. I liked the culture and the life; my family liked it too."
Another Frenchman with experience of Manchester is Paul Pogba. He has missed the World Cup - and Juventus' disappointing start to the season - due to a torn meniscus in his knee, but is unlikely to settle for Serie B football once he's fit again.
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Real Madrid and PSG were both credited with an interest before he return to Juve from Man Utd in the summer, and the latter especially could jump at the opportunity to sign a marketable athlete below his true value.
Key Arsenal target
Juve's most saleable asset would be Dusan Vlahovic, currently rated at €65.3 million by Football Transfers in-house algorithm, and the subject of interest from Arsenal over the last year.
Vlahovic turned the Gunners down in January when he left Fiorentina to join Juve, but their bargaining position is much better now, comfortably top of the Premier League as they are.
Chiesa was already at Juve on loan while Bremer was happy to make the short journey across town. Both might be happier to stay at Juventus Stadium than some of the aforementioned, but with transfer values of €37.8m and €40.1m respectively, Juve might be forced to cash in.