Juventus and Italy Eyeing Olympique Lyonnais Talent

Several top teams, including Juventus, are tracking new Olympique Lyonnais sensation Rayan Cherki, who has blossomed this season. His contract runs out in 2024, which might cap his price tag for the upcoming summer. The Azzurri have him on their radar as well, Calciomercato informs.

The starlet has three options as far as national teams go. He was born in France from Algerian parents. However, his grandfather was Italian, more precisely from Bari. Roberto Mancini will field some calls to assess his availability. He has played with Les Bleus at the youth level, but the Fennec Foxes are trying to convince him to switch his allegiance.

According to the publication, his father Fabrice Cherki, who was a footballer as well, is a Juventus supporter and idolizes Michel Platini. Instead, the youngster is a big fan of Cristiano Ronaldo, who spent the twilight of his career in Turin.

The Bianconeri will be among the multitude of clubs that will inquire next summer. Lyon hold an option to extend his deal for one further season, which gives them decent leverage. The versatile attacker has notched four goals and five assists in 2022/2023.

Our Take on Cherki, Juventus, and Italy

He’ll be one to keep an eye on, but, if Angel Di Maria stays, which is looking increasingly likely, and Federico Chiesa gets healthy and shows well, which is starting to be the case, the Old Lady probably won’t add wingers or a trequartista in the next window and will focus on other roles.

The Azzurri are looking a bit tacky and desperate with their talent scouting, but it’s fair to leave no stone unturned to strengthen the squad. It’d just be better if it happened more quietly.

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