After a stuttering start to the season, Juventus have turned their fortunes around and now sit just six points behind current leaders and title favourites Inter Milan. Massimiliano Allegri’s men have won six consecutive fixtures and have lost just once in their last ten fixtures, however there are still plenty of ways that Juventus can improve. In fact, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Juve dip into the transfer window next month as they look to defend their Serie A title. Here are five players who the club could make a move for in January.
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has had his injury problems over the past few years but would be an excellent addition to Allegri’s squad now that he appears back to his best. Many seem to forget that Gundogan is just 25 years old and the Germany international would be an excellent long term addition to the squad.
After losing both Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal in the summer, Juventus have lacked both energy and talent in midfield – two traits that Gundogan boasts in abundance. Although he would be pricey, he’s certainly gettable and Juve should push for his signature ahead of Europe’s elite clubs.
Adrien Rabiot isn’t a household name in the football world… yet. The 20-year-old is one of Paris Saint-Germain’s brightest young talents and has already shown plenty of promise through his early career in France. With his immense work ethic, Rabiot has been a breath of fresh air at PSG this season and is likely to play a key role for the French national team in the future.
In fact, Rabiot and current Juve midfielder Paul Pogba are two of the top prospects in Europe. If Rabiot moved to the Juventus Stadium, their chemistry and understanding would certainly help a midfield that has looked disjointed throughout parts of the campaign.
For the past three or four years, it seems as though Joao Moutinho has been linked with almost every major European side. The Portugal midfielder is edging towards the end of his career but still has plenty to give at 29 years old. Moutinho played a key role in Monaco’s Champions League run last season and shouldn’t be overlooked.
It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Allegri move for the player. As expected, central midfield has been a trouble area for Juve this season and the Portuguese maestro would certainly help to bring some balance to the side, if nothing else. His price tag isn’t extortionate and Allegri will like the idea of adding experience to the side.
While Youri Tielemans has attracted plenty of attention throughout the last six months, Breel Embolo has been getting down to business. The 18-year-old is, alongside Tielemans, Europe’s top prospect and has been linked with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. Embolo is still raw but if anyone can nurture him, it’s Allegri.
Last season, Embolo scored 16 goals in 39 appearances for Basel and performed well in various Champions League fixtures. As of December 1st, the Swiss international had maintained that form in the early part of this season, netting eight and assisting five for his team-mates. He has been touted as one for the future but has shown that he is more than capable of performing now.
The Sampdoria midfielder has been their best player so far this season and has attracted plenty of attention from Italy’s top clubs. Soriano’s performances have earned him seven international caps for Italy since they were knocked out of the 2014 World Cup and his consistency has helped him to hold down a place in Antonio Conte’s side.
In recent times, Juventus have bought from other Serie A clubs and may choose to chase Soriano next month as well. The Old Lady signed Paulo Dybala from Palermo in the summer and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Allegri make a concrete bid for Soriano in the coming weeks