Juventus have their eyes fixed on midfield prospects as they approach the January transfer window.
Tottenham’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is the favourite among those to join the Serie A giant.
Italian journalist Rudy Galetti reports that Hojbjerg is not in Ange Postecoglou’s plans, making him the prime candidate to join the Old Lady.
Other targets include Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips. However, securing the Englishman is challenging due to his substantial wage demands.
Arsenal’s Jorginho is in the mix, who could join Juventus as a free agent in the summer. But Allegri faces time constraints and can not wait until then.
🚨🎯 #Juventus are still looking for a new midfielder.
▪️#Hojbjerg – out of #THFC's plans- is at the top of the list;
▪️ #Phillips remains a very complicated option, both due to requests of #ManCity and his high wage;
▪️#Jorginho is an opportunity in the summer as a free agent. pic.twitter.com/AT8VRVTxqn
— Rudy Galetti (@RudyGaletti) December 28, 2023
Spurs are insisting on a €25 million fee for Hojbjerg and a permanent deal, a loan arrangement now with an obligation to buy.
Signing a midfielder is need of the hour for the Italian club, considering the extended bans faced by two of their players.
Paul Pogba is confronting a lengthy suspension after testing positive for banned substances, while Nicolo Fagioli has received a seven-month ban for betting on unauthorized platforms.
Allegri has been eagerly anticipating the opening of the transfer windoe. He has strongly recommended the club’s hierarchy to secure the signature of Hojbjerg.
Despite being a reliable presence in the midfield ever since joining Spurs from Southampton, Hojbjerg has found playing time difficult under Ange Postecoglou.
The majority of his performances have come from the bench, with the Australian preferring Pape Matar Sarr and Yves Bissouma as the preferred midfield duo.
With the lack of playing time, the 28-year-old midfielder is actively pursuing a transfer. He has even hired a lawyer to expedite the process, who will now act as his agent.
Despite a non-negotiable ask from North London, the Turin-based club is keeping the door open for the possibility of signing Hojbjerg. Allegri is keen on having a player with Hojbjerg’s profile in his squad.
Meanwhile, Spurs will be open to selling Hojbjerg but will want to sign a midfielder first.
They too are strongly linked with a move for Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips.