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Allegri: Missing out on Falcao not a problem

ESPN staff
September 4, 2014
Radamel Falcao left Monaco on Monday to join Manchester United in a season-long loan © Getty Images

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri says he is not disappointed his club missed out on the signing of Radamel Falcao this summer.

The Italian champions had bid to bring Falcao to Turin, but the Colombian instead accepted a much more lucrative offer from Manchester United.

Falcao's arrival would have capped a successful transfer window for Juventus, in which they signed Alvaro Morata, Kingsley Coman, Patrice Evra and Roberto Pereyra.

Even without Falcao though, Allegri said he welcomed all the other additions to his squad.

"Juve's transfer dealings were intelligent," he said. "We worked well with considered choices. We didn't just buy for the sake of it, considering our squad was already strong. Falcao? No, I'm not disappointed."

Keeping hold of Arturo Vidal was an equally important objective of the transfer window, although Allegri never had any fears about losing the Chilean.

Vidal was the subject of a protracted attempt by Manchester United to prise him from Juventus this summer, but Allegri said the midfielder was never up for sale.

"Right from when I got here, I knew Vidal was not on the market and he would not be sold," Allegri told reporters in Nyon, where he was participating in the Elite Club Coaches Forum. "That's how it was too."

Allegri inherited a side which had won three Serie A titles in a row and says the objective this season is to "win the title again" - although he knows it is going to be tougher this time around.

"There's Roma and then there's AC Milan, who have done some great transfers to build a side capable of fighting for a top-three finish. Then there's Inter, Lazio, Fiorentina who have the addition of [Mario] Gomez while [Juan] Cuadrado has stayed.

"Then there's Napoli, who everybody was writing off after they lost to Athletic Bilbao, but then they won their first game in the league in Genoa. It's going to be a long season."

He is also hoping to prevent a repeat of last year's Champions League exit, when Juventus crashed out of the competition at the group stage in December.

"The Champions League is an objective of ours and it's essential that we reach the knockout stage, and then there's the January transfer window and, from March, the competition transforms completely," he said. "Once we reach the last 16, we'll try to be ready to face whichever opponents we draw."

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