Juventus do not look content with their reinforcements in midfield, after having signed Denis Zakaria earlier in January and Manuel Locatelli at the start of the season. The Bianconeri have now reportedly turned sights on one of their previous targets – a certain Udinese star who jumped ship to Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.
Versatile Argentine midfield ace Rodrigo de Paul is on Juventus’ radar, according to reports from Calciomercato. The ex-Udinese ace, despite his recent move to the Rojiblancos, has fallen back into the orbit of the Bianconeri, who targeted him heavily in 2020 and 2021. Juventus seek to re-establish their dominance on the domestic stage and believe it all starts with them bolstering their midfield.
There are several names that the Bianconeri management are considering, including Sassuolo’s Davide Frattesi, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Paris Saint-Germain’s Leandro Paredes. However, it is the contact between Juventus scout Matteo Tognozzi and the former Udinese midfielder’s representative Augustin Jiminez that strengthens links between the two parties.
According to Tuttosport, Tognozzi has taken the advantage of his extended trip across South America to meet with the player’s agent,
De Paul arrived less than a year ago in Madrid, with Atletico paying €35m for his services. With the 27-year-old penning down a five-year contract deal that only expires in 2026, he will not leave the Madrid giants for anything less of the €40m mark – a figure that adds doubt to Juventus’ intention of bringing him to Turin.
He has been an instrumental part of Diego Simeone’s side, with 37 appearances already to his name.