Juventus ‘ entire playing and backroom staff are on trial for the rest of the season, as chairman Andrea Agnelli prepares for the unthinkable – failing to qualify for the Champions League.
Andrea Pirlo’s side are fourth in Serie A, level on points with fifth-placed Napoli, who they host on Wednesday night. The Italian champions are 16 points down on this stage last season.
Juventus are confident they will not have major financial issues if they miss out on the Champions League, but Agnelli is furious and ready to rip up the club’s plans to transform their fortunes next season.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot, Paulo Dybala, Matthijs De Ligt, Alvaro Morata and chief football officer Fabio Paratici are all among those who face uncertain futures.
Agnelli fears mistakes are being repeated, the team is not improving, and sees an indifferent attitude in the team’s stars that are deemed to be the main problems behind Juve’s Serie A struggles.
Without the Champions League next season, there is potential for a large exodus of players from Turin, with a number of stars weighing down the club’s finances without performing on the pitch.
Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini are already being allowed to move on, saving around £8.5million-per-year.
Ramsey and Rabiot, two players said to symbolise Paratici’s disaster on the transfer market in recent years, would join them.
Ronaldo, already linked with a move away, would not accept a season outside the Champions League late in his career at the age of 36. Even the outright purchase of loanee Alvaro Morata would be in doubt. Dybala would happily be moved on and even De Ligt would be at risk due to his high salary on a contract worth around £14.5m-per-year.
Against Torino, Wojciech Szczesny had one of his worst games since arriving at Juventus. The ex-Arsenal stopper could be chopped this summer too, with soon-to-be free agent Gianluigi Donnarumma picked out as an heir to Buffon.