As Juventus continues to grapple with the prolonged absences of both Nicolò Fagioli and Paul Pogba, the club is actively exploring midfield reinforcements ahead of the upcoming January transfer window.
Recent days have seen a shift in the profile of the player sought after by Max Allegri and the club’s top brass, Manna and Giuntoli.
According to prominent football journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Danish central midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Tottenham was a primary target until recently. However, it appears that the Bianconeri are now leaning towards a different type of player.
They are in search of a mezzala, characterized by their ability to make well-timed runs into the box, ideally contributing goals to the team.
The growing buzz around English midfielder Kalvin Phillips, currently at Manchester City, provides the confirmation of this evolving strategy.
Phillips recently saw limited playing time for the Citizens against Bournemouth, indicating that City could be willing to let him leave. In the event of pursuing Phillips, Juventus may consider a loan deal with an option to buy.
Another prospect still on the radar is Thomas Partey from Arsenal. However, the Ghanaian’s injury record in recent years adds a layer of uncertainty to this potential transfer. Partey has been a prior target for the Bianconeri in previous transfer windows.
In addition to addressing midfield needs, Juventus might also explore the possibility of bolstering their attack with a player in the mold of Domenico Berardi, potentially even considering the Sassuolo winger himself.
The recent London expedition led by Manna and Giuntoli, which included their attendance at the Tottenham vs. Chelsea match, allowed Juventus to engage with various Premier League clubs and discuss potential transfers.