Juventus Pursuing Another Napoli Player to Fill Out the Front-line

While Juventus are still monitoring their long-time target Arkadiusz Milik, a more realistic possibility to complete their attack is another Napoli striker: Fernando Llorente, whom the Partenopei could consider letting go for free in order to get rid of their salary since he has not played almost at all this season, Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport reported.

The outlet adds that coach Andrea Pirlo and the veterans of the Old Lady’s locker room, plus Alvaro Morata, would be extremely happy to welcome back the Spaniard, who has previously spent two years with the Bianconeri from 2013 and 2015. He is considered an ideal fit for the role for his physical skills and because he is a high character guy.

The 35-year-old attacker has featured for just 19 minutes so far, in the most recent match against Torino, where Dries Mertens and Victor Osimhen were both missing, and is also behind Andrea Petagna in the pecking order. He joined as a free agent in 2019 after two campaigns at Tottenham and is making €2.5M per years. Sampdoria previously targeted him as well but reportedly moved onto other options.

Our view

It is a solution that makes a ton of sense for all parties involved as Llorente has already had a similar role in previous stops and has different traits from the other strikers on Juventus’ roster. The only hiccup is represented by the suboptimal relationship between the two sides, which could make the negotiation more difficult than it needs to be.