Juventus are looking for a low-cost reinforcement for right full-back are being linked with Rick Karsdop and Álvaro Odriozola. The Bianconeri are not expected to renew Juan Cuadrado’s contract before it expires next summer, and are reportedly looking for a new right-sided player.
La Gazzetta dello Sport report that Juve have already started looking for potential transfer targets who can shore up the team without requiring a great economic sacrifice.
The first option could be Roma’s Karsdop who has reportedly fallen out with coach Jose Mourinho following their 1-1 draw with Sassuolo. Mourinho vented in the post-match conference that one player had betrayed his teammates, and that he needs to find a new club in January, a player that’s thought to be Karsdop.
The Dutch wing-back has just renewed until 2025 with the Giallorossi, so an outright transfer would be tricky, however they could look to take him on loan instead.
For now, there’s no direct contact, but Juventus are watching the situation with interest and could start talks with the player’s agent, Johan Henkes of the H2 agency, very soon.
In the meantime, Juventus are also keeping an eye on Real Madrid’s Odriozola, who previously featured in Serie A for Fiorentina. Again, La Signora are aiming at a loan deal, at most with an option for redemption, but it needs to be understood whether the Spaniards are willing to satisfy the player’s request.
The good relations between the two presidents, Andrea Agnelli and Florentino Perez, also linked by Superleague issues, may help. The Spaniard earns more than Karsdrop (€3.5 million), but for 6 months he would cost Juve €1.7 million, a sustainable expense.
A meeting between Juventus management and his agents is expected soon to sound out the feasibility of the operation: the player has already given an outline of willingness to move to Turin.