Juventus Earmark Trio to Substitute for Aging Defender

Juventus are ready to bid farewell to Alex Sandro and have shortlisted Tiago Djaló, Lloyd Kelly, and Mario Hermoso to replace him for cheap. The Brazilian international was expected to depart on a free last summer. However, he played enough in the past season for his contract to be automatically renewed. Its expiration date is 2025 now.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via FootballNews24), the Bianconeri will let him go naturally at the end of the season. It might even happen in January if he gets an offer from Saudi Arabia. He has missed most matches so far due to a thigh strain.

Juventus are eyeing a Bosman addition to fill in the void, as Djaló, Kelly, and Hermoso will all be free agents in June, provided they don’t re-up with their current teams beforehand. Although, they face domestic competition for the first two. Inter have done a lot of legwork to lure the Lille defender. Milan are after the Bournemouth staple.

The Spaniard has joined Atletico Madrid from Espanyol in a €25M move in 2019. He has collected 143 appearances, scoring 8 goals and providing 4 assists since.

Our Take on Juventus, Djaló, Kelly, and Hermoso

The lengthy absence of Alex Sandro hasn’t been felt. If anything, it had the benefit of giving Federico Gatti regular playing time. They’ll need more depth next season and one or two left-footed center-backs in this scenario, but the Portuguese has the highest upside. A double swoop could be in the cards.

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