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Juventus planning squad overhaul

A report from La Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that Juventus are planning a major overhaul of their squad next summer with a number of departures expected. The club have endured a torrid start to the campaign with questions over Max Allegri’s future as well as a number of Bianconeri stalwarts such as Juan Cuadrado and Alex Sandro.

Gazzetta write that their elimination from the Champions League, Juve’s season is already compromised with a number of players who have expiring contracts and new signings having disappointed so far. The feeling, net of a budget that will also depend on access to the group stage of the Champions League 2023-24, is that in the “Juve house” a number of faces will change.

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Despite Wojciech Szczesny and Mattia Perin representing two ‘guarantees’ between the post, the 32-year-old Polish international has a contract that will end in June 2024 deadline and Juventus have already begun to look around for the future. Among the Italians are Marco Carnesecchi (Cremonese, but owned by Atalanta) and Guglielmo Vicario (Empoli), and an eye on the Georgian Giorgi Mamardashvili (Valencia), who they watched in person in recent days.

 

Grimaldo

Defence

The priority, however, for both January and June is represented by the full backs. Juventus are preparing to say farewell to Juan Cuadrado and Alex Sandro in the summer. The 34-year-old Colombian and 31-year-old Brazilian will leave Turin after 8 seasons and will free up space on both flanks.

Danilo is considered a solid option, while Mattia De Sciglio is a ‘joker’ and Filip Kostic could also leave in the future. The bianconeri are on the hunt for opportunities on the market and it would be better if the options are under 30 and with sustainable costs.

The former Milanese full-back Diogo Dalot (Real Madrid are watching him) is liked for the right-back role, along with 22-year-old Swedish player Emil Holm from Spezia.

On the left, however, it will be a challenge with Inter for Alejandro Grimaldo from Benfica (contract expiring in June 2023) and Alfonso Pedraza of Villarreal, along with Andrea Cambiaso, currently on loan at Bologna.

In defence, Leonardo Bonucci has another year of his contract (until 2024) and intends to respect it and Daniele Rugani will decide at the end of the season whether to go play more elsewhere.

In any case, at least one left-sided centre-back will arrive: Strahinja Pavlovic is of interest, a national teammate of both Vlahovic and Kostic for Serbia. He was already close to Juventus in the past, when he was still at Partizan Belgrade, the Serbian  (194 centimeters tall) has recently been monitored on several occasions by Juventus market men.

Also on the list are Evan Ndicka (expiring contract with Eintracht Frankfurt), the Polish Jakub Kwior (Spezia, Milan also intrested) and Igor from Fiorentina. The Brazilian Gabriel came off the radar following his renewal with Arsenal.

 

Milinkovic Savic

Midfield

Adrien Rabiot may also end up in the Premier League. The chances of Juventus being able to avoid the Frenchman’s departure for free next summer are very few. The signing of Leandro Paredes seems unlikely too, while Weston McKennie, in case of a good offer, could move to England as early as January.

The bianconeri will start again with Paul Pogba and Manuel Locatelli forming the base. The dream would be to replace Rabiot with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who would not mind joining Vlahovic in black and white.

Among the most accessible alternatives, there are Davide Frattesi of Sassuolo and Houssem Aouar, at the end of the contract with Lyon

Zaniolo

Attack

Arkadiusz Milik could be signed outright, while Angel Di Maria has signed a twelve-month contract but continues to be linked with Rosario Central, the club he grew up with. In summer, Nicolò Zaniolo could be back in fashion while Moise Kean will also also remain and will be signed outright from Everton in June.

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