Italian giants set to offload star striker to a Premier League side this summer…
Juventus have refused to discuss Alessandro Del Piero’s future at the club, with the legendary striker’s contract set to end. The Bianconeri’s president, Andrea Agnelli, has previously stated that this will be the 37-year-old’s last season with the club.
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The club’s all time leading goalscorer has endured a frustrating season at Juventus, opening up a possible move to an English club this summer.
Despite producing some impressive displays in recent weeks, the Italian’s first team opportunities this season have been limited. Over the weekend, Piero scored his first two goals of the season. His stunning strike against Inter Milan and the winner against third-placed Lazio helped leapfrog Juve above AC Milan at the top of the table.
With the door open for a summer exit, many Premier League clubs have been put on red alert. Despite the players’ age, Piero still has what it takes to perform in the Premier League. It has been rumored that Newcastle United are keen on the Italian, with boss Alan Pardew apparently an admirer of the forward. Despite strong performances by the likes of Demba Ba and Papis Cisse this season, Pardew will look to bring in a new third choice striker following some poor displays from Leon Best and Shola Ameobi.
While other clubs have moved legendary players upstairs or allowed them to retire, Del Piero, who joined Juve from Padova in 1993, will leave the club with which he is synonymous when his deal ends in June.
“It’s difficult to find words to describe Del Piero. He has been playing for Juve for about 20 years – he is the history of the club,” Said ex-teammate Pavel Nedved.
“When anybody in the world says the word ‘Juve’, they have a picture of Del Piero in mind. I think that says it all.
“It was great to play alongside him. He is a great champion. He has always trained hard and extremely seriously, otherwise he would never have achieved so much despite his great talent. As I said, he is the history of Juventus.”
Del Piero has been with the Turin club since 1993 and has made over 500 appearances, scoring over 200 goals.