Juventus to Consider Internal Options to Fill Backup Positions for Cheap

Juventus need a new backup goalie and left-back, but the solutions might already be in-house. Mattia Perin and Luca Pellegrini have returned to Turin after loan spells, with different fortunes, in Genoa. Coach Massimiliano Allegri will evaluate them during the pre-season camp, Calciomercato.com reports.

Luca Pellegrini has been in this exact same position in the last two summers. However, the management eventually opted for him to go out on loan on both occasions. While he performed well at Cagliari in 2019/2020, he struggled to stay healthy last season, playing just 11 matches.

Juventus are looking to save as much as possible in peripheral roles. They have been linked to PSG’s Mitchel Bakker as a possible outside solution. His transfer to Turin would be more likely if they arranged swaps with the French club. They acquired Pellegrini in 2019 from Roma in a trade for Leonardo Spinazzola. The operation was mostly financial to profit from their evaluations, but the Giallorossi ended up reaping major benefits.

Perin served as the #12 in 2018/2019 when Gianluigi Buffon was in Paris. With the legendary goalkeeper out of town again, Juventus are looking for a reliable reserve. The 28-year-old has multiple solid campaigns under his belt and could draw interest as a starter. The front office is not keen on letting him go on loan again but is open to selling him. Genoa tried to bring him back, but they wanted him for free. Torino’s Salvatore Sirigu would be the top option to fill in if Perin left, Tuttosport indicates.