This summer one of the most consistent scorers in Europe over the past 12 seasons is set to end his 9-year stay at Juventus with a move away, that player is David Trezeguet. The 31-year-old is being touted with a move away from Italy this summer with his agent suggesting Old Trafford was the perfect destination. However, there are a number of clubs who could see the Frenchman as the ambitious big name signing their team needs.
There are few strikers in Europe with the record that Trezeguet possesses. After all, he has scored double figures in league goals in 9 of his last 12 seasons. This includes six of his nine seasons in Italy in one of the most difficult leagues to score in.
Trezeguet’s record for the club is impressive. He has scored a total of 131 goals in 226 league games in Italy (195 starts). That makes him the highest ever non-Italian goal scorer for the famous old club and the 6th highest scorer in Juventus history. He has suffered from a number of injuries throughout his career which has held him back from being even higher up the list. This was the case last season when a groin injury kept him out for virtually the entire season leaving him with 1 goal in just 8 league appearances with six of those appearances coming from the bench.
The 2008/09 season may have been one to forget but the 2007/08 season was a great campaign for the Frenchman as Trezeguet finished 2nd top scorer on Juventus’ return to Serie A. If any club is looking for a player with a proven pedigree, there are few better available. The list of silverware Trezeguet has won is highly impressive to say the least. He won the World Cup with France in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000. The French league title in 1997 and 2000, the Italian league title in 2002 and 2003 plus the Serie B title in 2007. He has also won the Italian Super Cup on two occasions in both 2002 and 2003. Individually he was top Serie A scorer and Footballer of the Year in 2002.
The French star also has a superb international record of 34 goals in just 71 caps but has since retired from the side after being left out of the Euro 2008 squad by Raymond Domenech. Trezeguet did score the winning golden goal in France’s Euro 2000 triumph but suffered from missing a crucial penalty kick in the shoot-out 2006 World Cup final defeat to Italy.
At 31 and with a poor injury record of late he may be seen as an expensive gamble for a number of sides but if he can maintain his fitness there are few better predators in world football. Therefore he’d be an excellent acquisition for a number of Premier League sides in need of more firepower. After all, a record of 183 goals in 318 league appearances for both Monaco and Juventus marks him down as one of the current goal scoring greats.
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The player’s agent Antonio Caliendo has declared this week, “As for Trezeguet, Manchester United are a possibility that must not be underestimated. He would be useful for United.”
To be fair a fit confident Trezeguet would be ‘useful’ for a number of Premier League sides. Manchester United still need attacking cover with Owen, Rooney and Berbatov their only trio of top class strikers. For a reported fee of £5m they could bring the Frenchman in as a short-term signing to maintain the competition for places without splashing out too much on unproven talent. Sir Alex Ferguson has shown he is pragmatic enough to sign players like Henrik Larsson to fulfil roles within the squad and Trezeguet could certainly do a job. The Frenchman may not offer too much outside of the box but he is without a doubt a natural finisher and would be sure of chances at United.
Arsene Wenger has been linked to his compatriot on numerous occasions over the years but is unlikely to make a move given the player’s age. However, for a relatively small fee he would bring in a proven quality finisher allowing his younger stars more time to mature into the striker’s role.
Rafa Benitez needs to bring in an alternative striker to main man Fernando Torres but is reportedly lacking the funds to compete for the big names being touted around. However for a mere £5m, Liverpool could bring in a proven quality finisher to provide back up to the Spanish hitman. Of course this would be a relatively short-term signing but if Trezeguet scored the goals that guaranteed a long awaited Premier League title then surely it would be money well spent.
Tottenham remain in the hunt for more strikers with Darren Bent, Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko all linked with moves away and the Frenchman would provide both the glamour and goal scoring instincts to provide Jermain Defoe with competition. However, clubs such as Aston Villa and Sunderland also have the necessary financial clout to tempt Trezeguet to these shores. In the case of the Black Cats, a natural scorer would work particularly well in tandem with the likes of Kenwyne Jones.
Despite his age and recent injury track record, would you like your club to take a gamble on the French striker? Let’s hear your views.