Juve to streamline squad

Juventus sporting director Beppe Marotta is determined to keep the squad as compact as possible after the success of the strategy this season.

Marrotta claims the Old Lady need a streamlined the first-team squad and a compact selection of players, which indicates no more than two players in each position, as well as two quality backups goalkeepers pushing club legend Gianluigi Buffon for a first-team spot.

"If we're dominating now, it's precisely because we always did our best to keep a compact group," he told Tuttosport. "Except for certain specific situations, and cases when it was inevitable."

The 59-year old who has been credited for the Bianconeri's renaissance in recent seasons, with Juve winning the Scudetto for the fourth time in a row this term, also spoke of potential exits within the club.

Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi has been short-listed as a direct replacement for in-demand Spanish forward Alvaro Morrata while Italian international wing-backs were also mentioned.

"We'll define Alvaro's future in the next 10 days to two weeks. His preference will bear a certain weight too," Marotta explained.

"We'll have a chat with Real Madrid, then we'll move on the transfer market. We're considering a variety of options, though our scope is restricted inasmuch as our players must fit the Juventus criteria.

"Berardi is an excellent player. We'll consider calmly what's best for us and for the lad. In any case, if we buy him, he'll stay with our squad.

"[Manchester United's Matteo] Darmian and [Milan's Mattia] De Sciglio? We know we have to gradually bring down the average age of our defence, which – let it be said – delivered an exceptional service so far and can still guarantee it."

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