Andrea Pirlo urges Juventus to sign a striker this summer after the Luis Suarez deal has come to a standstill
Juventus kickstarted their preseason for the 2020/21 campaign with a thumping victory against Novara as Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring and the game finished 5-0 in favour for Andrea Pirlo’s side. It was also Pirlo’s first game in charge since taking over the role of Maurizio Sarri.
However, the victory against Novara still calls for concern for Andrea Pirlo. The former Italian midfielder believes that his side still requires a natural striker and that using Cristiano Ronaldo as a makeshift centre-forward for the entire season does not seem to be ideal, according to GOAL.
Ronaldo has been on fine form since the start of 2020 and the Portuguese international scored a brace against Sweden in the UEFA Nations League to become the first European footballer to score 100 plus goals for their country. The former Real Madrid man will be hoping to dominate the goal-scoring charts of the upcoming season after losing out to Ciro Immobile last season.
However, Pirlo believes that Ronaldo is more of an inside forward as the right-footed player tends to drift wide before making his way into the box. Which is why the Italian is on the lookout for a proper number 9 that can take the central role.
Gonzalo Higuain is set to sign for Inter Miami and since then Juve has been linked with several replacements including Luis Suarez of Barcelona and Edin Dzeko of Roma. The recent rumours have stated that Suarez was close to signing for the Serie A side, however, from Barcelona, the news states that Suarez will be staying at the Camp Nou despite being forced to leave.
With Luis Suarez more or less out of the picture, Juve has lost out on another target as Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik has reportedly closed an agreement with AS Roma that would see Edin Dzeko swap places with the Naples striker. Pirlo and Andrea Agnelli would have to discuss and find a suitable striker immediately before its too late
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