This summer’s transfer window looks set to have its toll on La Liga champions, Barcelona, as 2 of their starting 11 members are nearing exits to Italy. Goal reports that South American duo, Dani Alves and Javier Mascherano are wanted by Turin outfit and Serie A champions, Juventus. The rumours have been in circulation since a fortnight ago, but they now appear true and nearing fruition, as the full-back Brazil international is supposedly set to join the Old Lady this week for a 2-year deal. Alves extended his contract with Barcelona last summer but he has always revealed his exit was near. Having helped guide the Blaugrana side to a local double this term, he has totalled 23 trophies with them and he is set to move on. The right-back will definitely be missed most by Messi as he has provided him the most assists thus far. The 33-year-old might no longer be in his prime, but it can’t be denied his exit will be a huge blow for Barcelona.

However, Juventus will be benefiting from the rich amount of experience he has, both on club and international level. The Brazilian is definitely an upgrade on Stephan Lichtsteiner and has a lot to offer the Italian giants. The side’s handler, Massimiliano Allegri is said to be a keen admirer of Alves and he is optimistic the versatile right-back can help him land the Champions League. Alves’ ability to combine as a winger and full-back will make Juve miss Juan Cuadrado less, as the Colombian sets to return to the Stamford Bridge upon his loan term expiration. It is said that Alves will earn around €4 million-per-year in Italy, and a 14-year-stay in Spain is set to come to a glorious end.

Javier Mascherano on the other hand is being courted with a 2-year offer from Juventus, but their won’t be a option of a 3rd for the 31-year-old Argentine like Alves’. The former Liverpool defensive midfielder turned central back desires to return to a midfield role at club level like he was used to while at Anfield. Also with the national team, Mascherano plays as a midfielder and that opportunity will come at Turin. His representatives seemed to have struck a deal with the Old Lady but Barcelona are yet to come to a conclusion. Having spent 6 seasons at Camp Nou and won 15 trophies, movin to another top side in another league makes sense. He holds an Italian passport, and it is understandable why he cherishes a move to Italy. The only regret of the former West Ham player might be that he never found the back of the net in 210 appearances for the Liga giants.

Loosing these 2 key players wouldn’t be something Barcelona might immediately recover from. They are both integral parts of the Barcelona team, and they look almost irreplaceable as they have mastered the Barcelona way of playing under Guardiola and Enrique. Sergi Roberto, Aleix Vidal and Adriano are Barcelona’s other options at right back, but they aren’t up to the Dani Alves standard. Same goes for the likes of Marc Bartra, Mathieu and Vermaleen when compared to Javier Mascherano’s quality. It is definitely a double huge blow on Barcelona if both departs.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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