Juventus Transfers: Carlos Tevez a Temporary Fix and What About Stevan Jovetic?

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJuly 3, 2013

Juventus capitalised on Carlos Tévez's Manchester City discontentment to sign him for €12 million.

The most striking facet of this deal is how economically efficient it is compared to other Bianconeri strikers who didn't pan out. 

2001 Marcelo Salas €25 million 2/18   (0.11)
2008 Amauri €22.8 million 17/71 (0.24)
2002 Marco Di Vaio €14 million 18/55 (0.33)

Club Director General Beppe Marotta has given himself some leeway to fail because Tévez' transfer fee is disproportionate to his world-class ability.

Should the calculated risk on the Argentine international go up in smoke, then it would be unjust to attribute blame to Marotta, who negotiated a transfer steal for Juve. 

Despite Tévez' homesickness, his legal issues and the complicated relationship with Roberto Mancini, the former City forward had a better season than all of the Juventus strikers. 

Carlos Tévez 11 8 19
Mirko Vucinić 10 6 16
Fabio Quagliarella 9 3 12
Alessandro Matri 8 - 8
Sebastian Giovinco 7 6 13
Nicklas Bendtner - - 0
Nicolas Anelka - - 0

Tévez isn't just a goalscorer, having had two successive 20+ goal campaigns in his first two seasons at Eastlands, but he adds the extra dimension of being a facilitator. 

His tenacity in winning back possession fits into Antonio Conte's philosophy of the team defending and attacking as one. 

This is the paradox of Tévez: selfish off-the-field, but a selfless player on the field. 

Juventus are receiving a re-energised Tévez, who'll be elite for one or two seasons before his tendency to seek new pastures rears its ugly head. 


Fitting Carlos Tévez into Antonio Conte's Starting XI

During the 2004 Summer Olympics, then Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa handed Tévez a free-roaming role in a 3-3-3-1.

The FIFA Technical Study Group provided the following analysis of Bielsa's side:

  • Excellent on ball, poised under pressure and used any means possible to retain possession.
  • Well organised at back, entire team defended after losing ball. 
  • Effective attacking passing plus assured passing exploiting width and depth in attacking third.
  • Cleverly disguised passes to striker. 
  • Gave player on ball many options and clinical finishing.

Tévez is familiar in a formation that incorporates a midfield triumvirate, wing-backs and a game-plan with him as the focal point. 

He scored eight times and had two assists in Bielsa's system, so it suggests he'll make a smooth transition into Conte's 3-5-1-1, playing as a deep-lying forward behind Fernando Llorente.

It's such an advantage for both Llorente and Tévez to speak the same language (Spanish)—on paper, this is the strike partnership the Juve brain trust have desired for the better part of two seasons. 

Conte has three other decisions to mull over:

1. Should the MVP (Marchisio, Vidal, Pirlo) midfield be broken up, with Claudio Marchisio losing his starting position to a more athletic, stronger and younger Paul Pogba?

2. Will potential signing Angelo Ogbonna be fine warming the benches should Giorgio Chiellini's body not break down?

3. What will happen if Stevan Jovetić is signed? 


The Stevan Jovetić Conundrum

Fiorentina are Serie A's answer to Porto: doing business with both teams is like a war of attrition.

In 1988, Inter Milan relented to Fiorentina's £3.6 million valuation of Nicola Berti, which at the time was a substantial transfer fee.

To give you a comparison, the year before, Juve had lured Ian Rush away from Liverpool for £3.2 million. 

Two years later, the Viola forced the Bianconeri to break the world record transfer fee for Roberto Baggio. 

Fiorentina sold Rui Costa (to AC Milan), Gabriel Batistuta (to Roma) and Francesco Toldo (to Inter) for ginormous transfer fees. 

If Jovetić arrives at Juventus, he'll be guaranteed a starting position by virtue of his transfer fee, therefore rendering the Tévez signing useless. 

Fiorentina screwed Juve over with the Felipe Melo fiasco, so it's unwise to do business with the Viola when Jovetić isn't a necessity. 

"Our relationship [with Fiorentina] has made any deal difficult," Marotta admitted to Juventus.com via Sky Sports when asked about the possibility of signing Jovetić. 


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