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From Milinkovic-Savic to Arnautovic: Juventus’s 7 transfer targets for Giuntoli revealed

Max Statman

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Juventus’s new sporting director, Cristiano Giuntoli, has wasted no time in making his mark on the transfer market.

While the official announcements are still pending, Giuntoli is already working tirelessly behind the scenes, orchestrating potential moves that could shape the Bianconeri’s upcoming season.

With a crucial meeting scheduled with head coach Massimiliano Allegri and the squad next week, the stage is set for an ambitious squad overhaul as the new campaign looms.

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Sources close to the club reveal that Giuntoli’s main objective is to satisfy Allegri’s desires to the fullest extent possible.

The two have been in constant contact for several days, meticulously crafting plans to ensure a seamless transition into the upcoming season. As their collaboration gains momentum, a joint list of transfer targets has emerged, although some of the moves will depend on potential departures.

At the top of Allegri’s wishlist is a new left-footed central defender, and one name that has caught their attention is Mario Hermoso from Atletico Madrid. The 2024 contract expiry of the talented Spanish player aligns perfectly with Juventus’ aspirations, and Giuntoli shares Allegri’s admiration for the player.

Another defensive reinforcement under consideration is Timothy Castagne, the former Atalanta full-back. While negotiations had advanced previously, Juventus balked at the initial €15 million price tag.

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However, a potential loan deal at a more reasonable cost remains a viable option. Allegri’s desire for an experienced right-sided player adds weight to the pursuit, although Giuntoli’s primary concern lies in striking a financially advantageous deal.

However, the name that truly unites both Allegri and Giuntoli is Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A long-term target for Allegri, the Serbian midfielder has remained on Giuntoli’s radar. The realization of this move could hinge on the physical condition of Paul Pogba, but the allure of securing Milinkovic-Savic’s services has only grown stronger with time.

Domenico Berardi, the highly regarded Sassuolo winger, is another player who has earned Allegri’s seal of approval. While concrete progress has yet to materialize, Juventus is actively seeking a replacement for the departed Angel Di Maria, and Berardi possesses the coveted qualities the club seeks in their attacking ranks.

In their quest for an offensive spark, Juventus and Giuntoli have been monitoring the progress of Real Betis’ creative midfielder, Rodri Sanchez.

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The 24-year-old prodigy has also attracted the interest of Napoli, adding a touch of competition to the mix. Should an offer materialize, Allegri is likely to welcome the addition of Sanchez to his squad.

The pursuit of Nicolo Zaniolo has also made waves, albeit to a lesser extent than the Milinkovic-Savic saga.

While not an immediate priority, the potential departure of Federico Chiesa could prompt Allegri and Giuntoli to make a strong push for the former AS Roma player, who has been evaluated by both decision-makers in the past.

Finally, the name of Marko Arnautovic has resurfaced as a nostalgic favorite for Allegri. The Austrian forward, whom the coach has long admired, may come into consideration if Dusan Vlahovic’s departure becomes a reality. Giuntoli had contemplated a move for Arnautovic during his tenure at Napoli last summer.

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