Dusan Vlahovic, Federico Chiesa & the Juventus stars that could quit the crisis-hit club for Champions League football

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The Bianconeri have been hit with a 10-point penalty that looks likely to prevent them from finishing in the top four in Serie A

When Juventus arrived at the Stadio Carlo Castellani on Monday evening, they were second in the Serie A standings. By the time they'd taken to the field to warm up, they'd dropped to seventh, their hopes of playing in next season's Champions League hanging by a thread after being hit with a 10-point penalty for financial irregularities and false accounting in relation to past transfer dealings.

Victory at Empoli would have significantly boosted their chances of finishing in the top four, but they proceeded to collapse, suffering a humiliating 4-1 defeat that was perhaps unsurprising in the circumstances.

Here in Italy, they're already calling it Juve's 'Black Monday'. But what follows now could be more akin to 'Black Friday' - a massive sale that could see a number of big names quit the cash-strapped and crisis-hit club this summer in pursuit of Champions League football elsewhere.

GOAL runs through the high-profile players likely to be on the market when the transfer window opens...

  1. Paul Pogba

    Paul Pogba

    Pogba only returned back in Turin last summer, and Massimiliano Allegri has insisted that both he and Juve will wait for the injury-ravaged midfielder to return to full fitness. Make no mistake about it, though, if any club were brave (or stupid) enough to make an offer for the France international, it would be promptly accepted.

    Juve are, as the Gazzetta dello Sport put it, "prisoners of Pogba's lucrative contract", which is worth €8 million a year (including bonuses) and still has three years to run. The problem is, of course, that it seems highly unlikely that any team would be willing to take a risk on a 30-year-old that has been beset by injury issues dating back to his time at Manchester United, and managed just 161 minutes of game time this season. Pogba himself has also said that he wants to repay the club and its fans for standing by him during a trying campaign.

    At the same time, he won't want to waste his final years playing for a team in transition. Remember, the World Cup winner has never lifted the Champions League, so a transfer is not beyond the realms of possibility if he can somehow prove he is over his incessant injury issues.

  2. Wojciech Szczesny

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Szczesny upset Allegri last week by arguing that the amount of saves he had to make against Sevilla in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final reflected poorly on Juve's performance at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. The coach advised his goalkeeper to stay quiet and also rather pettily questioned the Pole's level of Italian.

    Still, while Szczesny would obviously rather play for a team that gives him a little less to do, the main reason why he could be on his way this summer is his contractual situation. The shot-stopper is one of the highest earners at the club, pocketing €6.5m (£5.6m/$7m) per annum, and still has a year to run on his current deal.

    Given the club's current economic position, it's hardly surprising that Juve are already eyeing up potential successors, including Marco Carnesecchi, who has impressed on loan at Cremonese from Atalanta, and Empoli's Guglielmo Vicario.

    A summer sale would also enable the Old Lady to make some money on former Arsenal man Szczesny, who has repeatedly proven this season - particularly with his penalty-saving expertise - that he still has plenty to offer at the highest level.

  3. Adrien Rabiot

    Adrien Rabiot

    Given Rabiot's impressive form for club and country this season, most notably at the World Cup in Qatar, and the fact that his contract expires this summer, holding on to the Frenchman was always going to be a tall order for Juventus.

    So, any hope they had will be killed by a lack of Champions League football. Juve, essentially, would have little to offer a free agent who could make far more money in England, where the 28-year-old has long had plenty of admirers.

    Manchester United have been linked numerous times and are said to be very keen on finally making a deal happen, but the latest reports suggest that they could face stiff competition from Saudi Arabia-backed Newcastle.

    Unlike many of his Juve team-mates, Rabiot has played the best football of his career under Allegri, and the manager has defended him during some tough times in Turin, but he wants to continue playing Champions League football, meaning he is almost certain to move on.

    Losing him for nothing will obviously be a blow for the Bianconeri, but his exit will at least remove one of the club's highest earners (€7m per annum) from the wage bill.

  4. Federico Chiesa
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    Federico Chiesa

    It's been a long road to recovery for Chiesa and, truth be told, the winger isn't yet back to anything like his best. After 10 months on the sidelines with a serious knee injury, the Italy international returned to action in November and looks a shadow of the player that illuminated Euro 2020.

    However, he was Juve's most effective player against Empoli - which obviously isn't saying much - and there is a belief that the Italy international would flourish again under any coach other than Allegri. Indeed, there have been numerous reports in recent weeks that Chiesa has been left bitterly frustrated by the manager's defensive approach, as well as the fact that he is being constantly moved about the pitch - often during the same game.

    Chiesa, then, will be an attractive option for any club looking for a world-class winger. His injury issues would, of course, be a cause for concern, but despite being around for ages, he is still only 25. With a clean bill of health, Chiesa could run riot at an attacking team, particularly in England.

    While considering cashing in on Chiesa would have once been considered sacrilegious in Turin, it will be a very viable option if Juve can't count on Champions League money next season.

  5. Angel Di Maria
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    Angel Di Maria

    Another man whose future appears directly linked to that of Allegri. It's been clear for some time that Di Maria does not see eye to eye with the manager. Again, the style of play has been the source of the tension between the pair.

    In spite of that, Di Maria still appeared destined to extend a contract that expires this summer. The points penalty has changed things, though. While the World Cup winner insists that his future is not tied to the Champions League, he is now expected to depart. At 35, he won't get too many more chances to play in Europe's top tournament, particularly if he follows through on his reported plan to finish his playing career in his native Argentina.

    His exit would also now make sense for Juve, though. Finishing outside the top four would require some book-balancing and the veteran winger is on a sizable salary (€6m per annum), so a parting of the ways now appears inevitable.

  6. Dusan Vlahovic
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    Dusan Vlahovic

    Vlahovic was attracting interest from England even before Juve's penalty was confirmed, so expect the speculation surrounding a potential Premier League switch to intensify in the coming days and weeks. ESPN have already claimed that Chelsea have submitted a bid for the Serbia striker, but while the Blues are clearly in dire need of a No.9, a move to Stamford Bridge would make little sense for a forward who wants to play in the Champions League. Luckily for him, Manchester United and Arsenal are also said to be interested, while Bayern Munich are also on the look-out for a prolific centre-forward.

    Of course, Vlahovic has hardly scored freely since his €70m (£61m/$75m) move from Fiorentina to Juve in January 2022 - just 17 Serie A goals in 42 games - but most observers feel that he has suffered more than most because of Allegri's desperately pragmatic tactics. Consequently, the 23-year-old will not be short on offers this summer and is widely expected to accept one.