Juventus compete with Milan for Kiwior


Juventus look set to go head-to-head with Serie A rivals Milan for the signing of Arsenal centre-back Jakub Kiwior. The Bianconeri are continuing to be one of the most active clubs in the early stages of the summer transfer window. While the signing of goalkeeper Michele Di Gregorio is nearly official and Douglas Luiz is set to bolster the midfield, the defence remains an area with several uncertainties. The arrival of Thiago Motta, who has succeeded Allegri as head coach, brings a new market strategy in collaboration with sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli. Among the defensive targets, Jakub Kiwior has emerged as a key name alongside Riccardo Calafiori.

At the top of Thiago Motta’s list is Riccardo Calafiori, who had a standout season under Motta’s guidance, earning a call-up to the national team. However, Bologna’s high asking price of €30 million remains a significant hurdle, as they are not prioritizing his sale.

Given the challenges in securing Calafiori, Juventus is exploring other options. According to Gazzetta dello Sport,  Kiwior, the young Polish defender currently with Arsenal, is being considered as an alternative. Kiwior, a left-footed player like Calafiori, is versatile and can play in multiple positions. Despite Poland’s early exit from Euro 2024, Juventus has initiated contact with Kiwior’s representatives. His previous experience with Thiago Motta at Spezia and his international exposure in the Premier League strengthen his candidacy.

Kiwior, who has a contract with Arsenal until 2028, has also attracted interest from Milan. The Rossoneri, in need of a left-footed central defender, had previously shown interest in Kiwior in January. Now, they are renewing their pursuit, setting up a transfer battle with Juventus. However, Milan must first resolve their search for a new striker before focusing on defensive reinforcements.

Juventus are considering a loan deal for Kiwior, a strategy that could appeal to both the player and Arsenal. This approach would allow Juventus to strengthen their defense without committing to a permanent transfer immediately.


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