After more dodgy defending against Bayern in the Champions League, Arsenal have apparently identified Martin Caceres to help fix the back four. For more on the Juve man, check out talkSPORT's Transfer Spotlight...
Name: Martin Caceres
Date of birth: 07 April 1987
Born: Montevideo, Uruguay
International: 38 Uruguay caps (correct as of 20 February 2013)
What's the latest?
As talkSPORT reported, Juventus defender Martin Caceres is being targeted by Arsenal, who want the 25-year-old to join them in the summer. Caceres was rumoured to be unhappy at his bit-part role for the reigning Italian champions, but since the turn of the year has missed just a couple of games.
Did you know?
1) Caceres is able to operate in any of the positions across the back line, but is also an excellent finisher. He seems most comfortable in the centre and is a popular player among the Juventus fans for his warrior-like displays and never say die determination.
2) After playing in the U20 World Cup alongside Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, he left Uruguayan side Defensor Sporting in 2007 for Villarreal. Caceres was then sent out on loan to fellow La Liga side Recreativo for the entire 2007/08 season in order to gain experience of top flight Spanish football. He was very impressive during this spell and claimed Arsenal were among a trio of clubs including Real and Juventus, keen to sign him, while Chelsea were said to have launched a bid for him. In the end Barcelona forked out £14m to secure his services once his loan finished.
3) He is currently in his second spell at Juventus after initially spending a season on loan from Barca during the 2009/10 campaign. Caceres scored on his debut against Lazio in September in a 2-0 away win, but spent the following season at Sevilla, again on loan. It was Caceres' move to the Spanish club that saw Sebastian Squillaci join Arsenal in 2010.
4) Caceres spent a season and a half back at Sevilla, who paid Barca just over £2.5m to make the deal permanent in 2011, but rejoined Juventus on loan in January 2012. He again scored on his debut to hand his club a 2-1 first leg lead over Milan in the Coppa Italia in February. Following a reported £6.5m transfer, the Turin club tied him down long-term last summer.
5) In the past he has been compared to classy defender Paolo Montero, a former Uruguay captain and Juventus defender. Caceres played twice for his country at the 2010 World Cup, losing both matches to the Netherlands and Germany in semi final and third place play-off matches, but was part of the 2011 Copa America-winning team.
What is being said?
“It makes me happy [to see Caceres back at Juventus], he is an excellent defender. At home he is an idol like Suarez, Forlan, Cavani, and that whole group that won the Copa America in the summer.”
- Paolo Montero
“No, I never thought about leaving. I only want Juventus. I am here, I’m very happy and want to always do well for this team. It’s where I want to be.”
- Caceres' response echos what most players say when plotting their escape...
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