Juventus are monitoring the transfer market in the final hours before the January transfer deadline and are poised to swoop for a new midfielder to boost their Serie A title charge.
As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Old Lady are keen to add to their options in the middle and have changed plans for the window, with an emphasis on finding a suitable loanee.
Massimiliano Allegri‘s side are unable to commit heavy funds towards a new signing and it is thought that any new arrival would be on a temporary measure, and would be brought in to bolster the squad rather than be a key starter.
Allegri looking to reunite with Bonaventura or Pereyra
Juventus have been keeping a close eye on Fiorentina veteran Giacomo Bonaventura in recent weeks and are weighing up an approach for the Italy Men’s National Team midfielder. Allegri had worked with Bonaventura at AC Milan and would be happy to reunite with the 34-year-old should the opportunity present itself.
Similarly, the Bianconeri are considering a move for former Juventus midfielder Roberto Pereyra, with the Argentine currently at Udinese. Having represented Juve from 2014 until 2016 before moving to Watford, he is well-known to Allegri and would be a cost-effective option.
Shakhtar star on Juve’s radar
However, should Juventus decide to make a bigger splash in the transfer market and commit more considerable funds, they may instead turn to Shakhtar Donetsk‘s Heorhiy Sudakov and attempt to avoid a bidding war in the summer.
The Ukraine international has caught the eye this season and Juventus have been working on a loan deal with an obligation to buy should they qualify for the Champions League next term.
Shakhtar are demanding a weighty loan fee though and the clubs are yet to strike an agreement on a transfer fee should the obligation be triggered, so optimism is low that a deal can be finalised before the close of the deadline.
Alternatively, Juventus are considering older players who are nearing the end of their contracts and potential free agents, whilst intermediaries are providing information on players currently plying their trade in the Saudi Pro League.
When does the Serie A January transfer window close?
The winter transfer window in Italy stays open into February, albeit not for long.
The official closing time of Serie A’s winter transfer window is February 1, 2024, at 20:00 CET – local time in Italy.