Fixing five of Europe's top teams

How Juventus, Manchester City, others can fill biggest holes via transfers

Updated: July 29, 2014, 4:07 PM ET
By Adrian Melville | ESPN Insider

Vincenzo PINTO/AFP/Getty ImagesAndrea Pirlo needs more help in the midfield for Juventus.

After a flurry of early activity in the transfer window, teams are looking into more specific needs as they prepare for the 2014-15 European season. In some cases, these needs require a major purchase to overhaul a particular position, while others require more subtle acquisitions to strengthen the overall depth of the club.

These needs are compounded by the aftermath of the World Cup, which provides a shorter-than-usual turnaround into the European season.

With the club season just weeks away, here is a look at a major need -- and potential transfer solution -- for five of Europe's top teams. 


Need: Holding midfield
Potential solution: Javi Martinez

Juventus is in a vulnerable position after losing manager Antonio Conte in the middle of the summer, and new manager Massimiliano Allegri is now scrambling to get acquainted with the team as it looks to defend the Serie A title.

The team has not been clear on whether it will sell either Arturo Vidal or Paul Pogba, and the indecision on both players is the biggest concern at the moment. Vidal and Pogba are not only gifted individuals who can defend and create attacking chances from midfield, but they also provide vital support for Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo in his free-ranging attacking role.