Juventus’ midfield crisis leaves Allegri stuck: Could Piotr Zielinski be the answer?

Massimiliano Allegri and Juventus have had to cope with a number of problems in midfield this season, and the Bianconeri are going in search of reinforcements with Napoli's Piotr Zielinski just one of the options they are considering.

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As the 2023/24 Serie A season has progressed, the off-field problems around Paul Pogba and Nicolo Fagioli have left Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri without depth in the midfield and with a drastic decrease in creativity and finesse on the pitch.

Consequently, the Bianconeri have acted with a great deal of urgency whilst being left exposed in the middle and they have extended Manuel Locatelli‘s contract, and appear prepared to make a move for Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski in the January transfer window.

Juventus pair Nicolo Fagioli and Gleison Bremer celebrate. (@juventusfc)

Allegri’s Juventus midfield down to the bare bones

As it stands, Allegri is left wanting options in midfield; he only has Adrien Rabiot, Weston McKennie, Locatelli, Fabio Miretti, and the inexperienced Hans Nicolussi Cavigilia at his disposal.

Despite only playing once a week due to being excluded from European competitions, Juventus find themselves in troubled waters and lacking the depth boasted by their fellow Serie A title hopefuls and European contenders.

Juventus’ Hans Nicolussi Caviglia and Adrien Rabiot celebrate. [@juventusfcen]

Could Zielinski arrive from Napoli to solve Juventus’ midfield problems?

La Gazzetta dello Sport report that the Bianconeri are eager to move for Piotr Zielinski as a midfield reinforcement, with his Napoli contract expiring in June 2024.

Since joining the Partenopei from Udinese in the summer of 2016, the central midfielder has become a key player at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona and accumulated 265 appearances. Zielinski played a huge role last season in Luciano Spalletti‘s 2022/23 title-winning team.

As it stands, Zielinski and Napoli have yet to reach an agreement with just a little over six months remaining on his current deal and from January 1 he will be permitted to talk to clubs ahead of making a free transfer in the summer.

Piotr Zielinski celebrates. (@sscnapoli)

Juventus director Christian Giuntoli, who himself joined the club from Napoli in the summer of 2023, is assessing the situation. He is hoping to lure the 29-year-old on a free transfer and meet his salary demands of between €5-6 million.

However, Juventus face competition for his signature as bitter rivals Inter are also considering a move for Zielinski.

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