Juventus Weighing Shoring Up Their Defense in January

Juventus have had some troubles in their defense to open the season. Leonardo Bonucci is unable to play in consecutive matches, while coach Massimiliano Allegri hasn’t trusted backups Daniele Rugani and Federico Gatti much, and they haven’t fared well when called upon.

Danilo has routinely plugged holes and has been their top performer along with Gleison Bremer. The problems will be further exacerbated in the upcoming games, as the former Torino ace just picked up a thigh strain. Mattia De Sciglio is currently on the mend with the same problem, so they will be extra thin in the back for a while.

As per Calciomercato, Juventus will consider adding to the defense in January already. They have joined Milan in the race for Jakub Kiwior, who could depart for €10/15M following the World Cup.

The Bianconeri are also very keen on Evan N’Dicka, whose contract with Eintracht Frankfurt expires in 2023. He seems poised to leave on a free. The Serie A side will inquire about whether they could get him for a discount. They will go after him for a Bosman move too, but the competition will be stiff. If they struck out on the Frenchman, Benoit Badiashile would be a priority target for the summer.

With Danilo likely playing centrally more often, the Old Lady are mulling signing a right-back to replenish their depth there. Leicester City’s Timothy Castagne could be easy to acquire, while Benjamin Pavard is on their radar for the next off-season.

Our Take on the Juventus Defense

They replaced Matthijs De Ligt but not Giorgio Chiellini, and ushering in Gatti has been challenging given their woes. They definitely need a more established option, preferably a lefty, and to finally offload Rugani.

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