Nicolas Anelka Undergoing Juventus Medical Ahead of Loan Deal

Adrian AgiusAnalyst IJanuary 27, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26:  Nicolas Anelka of Chelsea reacts to missing a penalty during the Carling Cup Fourth Round match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on October 26, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Former Chelsea forward and French International Nicolas Anelka could very well have one last stint in Europe's top leagues after Juventus made it clear they want Anelka to see out the remainder of the season in Turin. According to, Juventus have offered Anelka a six-month loan deal which would see him added to their squad immediately.

With the transfer deadline fast approaching, Juventus have wasted no time bringing Anelka in from Shanghai Shenhua, and according to the team's official website: "The French striker conducted the standard medical tests at Turin’s Istituto di Medicina dello Sport centre."

It would seem that the Bianconeri have not rested on their laurels following the signing of Fernando Llorente from Athletic Bilbao, with Anelka being brought in immediately after Llorente put pen to paper. 

Provided that Anelka passes Juve's medical, he would be playing for the Old Lady next month. Furthermore, should they wish to include him in their UEFA Champions League squad, he could very well make an appearance against Celtic in the knockout phases.

Whilst there is no doubt Anelka brings experience to Turin, the question remains, is he still good enough to match it with the best Europe has to offer? With Juventus throwing away an opportunity to sign Lisandro Lopez to wrap up the Anelka loan, I personally believe the money could've been more effectively spent.

I won't bore you with the talk about how Juventus "need a new striker" and "lack firepower" upfront, but when push comes to shove, is Juventus really lacking in the goals department? Top of the Serie A and top of their Champions League group is evidence of this.

In the end, I think what you will find is that the signing of Anelka will be an unnecessary move, Lucio-like if I may say so. Let's hope I'm wrong.