Juventus Keen on Zirkzee Despite Vlahovic Likely Staying

Thiago Motta and Joshua Zirkzee have a special connection, and the boss would be delighted if the striker followed him to Juventus. The Bianconeri have been keeping tabs on what’s going on between the Dutchman and Milan. Those talks have been severely hampered by the massive commissions requested by his agent Kia Joorabchian.

According to Corriere dello Sport, the manager doesn’t necessarily consider his former player and Dusan Vlahovic mutually exclusive on the pitch. The Bologna star drops back a lot and can feature as a no.10.

Juventus director Cristiano Giuntoli reportedly has a better relationship with his representative, which could help them land Zirkzee. The chasers will have to wait since he was a late addition to the Dutch roster for Euro 2024.

In addition to the economic difficulties, new Milan coach Paulo Fonseca relayed that he’d prefer a pure no.9. Moreover, Bologna will try to keep their ace by offering him a bumper contract with a similar release clause.

Our Take on Juventus and Zirkzee

He and Vlahovic can surely star together, but in a different scheme than what Thiago Motta is used to and with a more defensive-minded midfield behind them. Still, it’s possible they see him as an opportunity, as his release clause is somewhat manageable. If they are unwilling to meet Federico Chiesa’s demands, then there’s almost no chance they’ll keep the Serb and his €12M wages next summer. They’d be accelerating the succession plan if they pulled the trigger for the Felsinei striker. A sneaky good outcome for them would be if he stayed put.

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