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Juventus still chasing Serie A defender – But it could depend on Rugani’s future

August 3, 2021 - 4:00 pm

After sealing a deal for Kaio Jorge, Manuel Locatelli is supposed to be Juve’s next acquisition. Nonetheless, the Italian might not be the last during this summer transfer market.

According to la Gazzetta dello Sport via JuveNews, the Bianconeri are still hoping to sign Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic in the current session.

The Serbian’s contract is set to expire next summer, and whilst Viola president, Rocco Commisso, would loathe to sell another one of his young gems to the Old Lady, he could be forced to do so in order to avoid losing his player for free next year.

Therefore, Juventus might be able to convince the Tuscans with an offer worth 15 million euros, or perhaps even less. But before launching an assault on the 23-year-old, the management would need to trim the squad, especially the center back department.

Whilst Merih Demiral is expected to be sold this summer – potentially to Atalanta where he would be Cristian Romero’s replacement – Daniele Rugani’s future remains uncertain.

The Italian spent last season on loan at Stade Rennais and Cagliari, but found himself once again at Max Allegri’s disposal.

In the presence of Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Matthijs de Ligt, the manager would only need one more center back, and if Rugani ends up staying in Turin, then a deal for Milenkovic would become unlikely.

The former Partizan Belgrade defender has been in Florence since 2017, and is unlikely to remain at the Artemio Franchi Stadium beyond his current deal.

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    Dennis August 3, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    I don’t understand the plans of the men at Juve. No clear focus. Looking like the worst transfer market ever!!!

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    Justin Daisley August 3, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    I wouldn’t say that Dennis.Juventus has a great squad thus far. I firmly believe that once they sign locatelli that would be great. They already signed kiao Jorge from Santos. Remember juve already have dybala cheisa kulveski arthur Melo rabaiot Danilo bonucci de light Bernadesci

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    Frankie August 4, 2021 at 12:04 am

    A lot will depend on Ronaldo staying or leaving. Ideally we would need a striker, a midfielder (Locatelli), and a defender (CB or LB). If he goes that $25M will help strengthen the squad. Jorge may not be ready to play much first team football so maybe another striker will be required and certainly the priority is a midfielder like Locatelli. Milinkovic or Goosens would be fantastic, with the former the more likely at $15M.