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Football-No reheated soup, but plenty of leftovers for Serie A

Published on Sep 3, 2014 4:00 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - At various stages during the transfer window, Juventus hoped to sign Chile forward Alexis Sanchez and prolific Colombian Radamel Falcao to boost their attack and mount a serious challenge in the Champions League this season.

Instead, they ended up with Alvaro Morata, who spent most of last season as a Real Madrid substitute and then suffered a knee injury in his first training session after his move to Turin.

Morata, 21, has played for Spain at several age levels and Juventus clearly believe in his potential as they showed by spending 20 million euros (Sing$33 million) on him. But it was hardly the sort of marquee signing to be expected from one of Europe's biggest and most ambitious clubs.

Once the first choice destination for the world's top players, Serie A increasingly seems to be looked upon as a place for older players to see out their careers.

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