Juventus Send Scouts to Portugal to Evaluate Brazilian Shotstopper

Juventus’ hunt for a goalkeeper has taken them to Portugal where they have reportedly sent scouts to evaluate the performance of Brazilian shotstopper Samuel Portugal Lima, who plays for Portimao-based club Portimonense in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. As Bianconeri’s main go-to guardian between the sticks Wojciech Szczesny enters his early 30’s, the club is eager to bolster its shotstopping ranks.

Substitute goalkeeper Mattia Perin’s contract expires at the end of the season, whereas third-choice Carlo Pinsoglio looks unlikely to be the heir to the throne. Should Perin not sign an extension with the Bianconeri, a move for Portugal might be on the cards.

According to Portuguese outlet A Bola (via La Gazzetta dello Sport), Juventus sent representatives to monitor the performance of Samuel during his side’s 1-1 draw against Boa Vista in the Portuguese top-tier last week.

The 27-year-old moved from Brazilian outfit Coritiba in January 2019 and recently signed a contract extension with Portimonense until the summer of 2026. His renewed contract reportedly includes a release clause worth a whopping €40m.