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Juventus' Squad Depth Next Season Is Impressive, Especially In Defence

Juventus' Squad Depth Next Season Is Impressive, Especially In Defence

Juventus finally confirmed the signing of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax on Thursday morning and the Old Lady's squad is looking unstoppable in Italy once again ahead of next season.

For weeks we've been expecting that Matthijs de Ligt would follow up his impressive season for Ajax by signing for Juventus and on Thursday the club confirmed the £67.5 million deal.

De Ligt represents an absolute steal for the Old Lady and it's not even the first time this summer they've done good business with Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot both joining for free from Arsenal and PSG respectively.

With those signings the Turin club have become even stronger than last season, when they strolled to their eighth Serie A title in a row, and their squad depth is now ridiculous:

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Juventus' squad depth is looking outrageous. Image: lineup builder
Juventus' squad depth is looking outrageous. Image: lineup builder

In goal Wojciech Szczesny remains the first choice but the return on Gianluigi Buffon, after a year in PSG trying to win the Champions League, suggests Mattia Perin could be heading for the exit door.

Buffon is just eight appearances off beating Paolo Maldini's record for most appearances in Serie A of 647 so expect him to play at least that many games.

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The addition of De Ligt makes their defence look ridiculous, and with Maurizio Sarri taking over from Max Allegri it wouldn't be a surprise if they play three centre backs.

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As well as the young Dutchman the Italians still have Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, as well as Daniele Rugani and Mehri Demiral.

Sarri has plenty of options to play at full-back too, and often relies on them for width in his teams.

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Rabiot and Ramsey could both easily start with Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi, Emre Can, Rodrigo Betancur and Sami Khedira a pretty excellent array of midfielders too.

There's lots of wingers and forwards for Sarri to pick between with Federico Bernardeschi, Juan Cuadrado, Douglas Costa, Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic, Moise Kean and even the returning Gonzalo Higuain able to fill a number of roles, although the latter could still be sold.

Ronaldo waves at the crowds ahead of pre season training. Image: PA Images
Ronaldo waves at the crowds ahead of pre season training. Image: PA Images

Of course Cristiano Ronaldo will be the key man for Juventus next season, no matter what changes Sarri wants to make ahead of the new season.

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The big question for Juventus is whether Sarri can get everything right and if they can challenge for the Champions League. With those questions there is still a chance for the likes of Inter and Roma to stop them making it nine in a row.

Topics: Football News, Matthijs de Ligt, Serie A, Transfer rumours, Juventus, Transfer news, Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo, Transfer reports, Italy

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