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5 transfer targets for Juventus to consider in January

December 15, 2015

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.

Ilkay Gundogan

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.

Paris Saint-Germain's French midfielder Adrien Rabiot leaves the pitch at the end of the UEFA Champions League group A football match between Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on December 8, 2015. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Adrien Rabiot

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.

 

Monaco's Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho kicks  the ball   during a UEFA Europa League Group J football match between AS Monaco and RSC Anderlecht on November 26, 2015 at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco.  AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE / AFP / VALERY HACHE        (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Joao Moutinho

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.

 

Basel's Swiss forward Breel Embolo is pictured during the UEFA Europa League group I football match between Basel and Fiorentina at the St Jakob stadium in Basel on November 26, 2015.   / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Breel Embolo

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.

 

Sampdoria's Italian midfielder Roberto Soriano (R) fights for the ball with Lazio's Italian midfielder Danilo Cataldi  during the Italian Serie A football match SS Lazio vs Sampdoria on December 14, 2015 at Olympic stadium in Rome.  / AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLI        (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Roberto Soriano

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

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