Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly made enquiries about the signing of a Bundesliga striker at the end of this season.
Juventus are on the lookout for another striker to ease pressure off Alvaro Morata and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Bianconeri have added another player to their shortlist in VfB Stuttgart marksman Nicolas Gonzalez, according to Calcio Mercato. They have monitored him for a few months and believe that he would be a great addition the squad.
Gonzalez is having a great start to the Bundesliga campaign as he has scored five times and provided an assist in just ten appearances. The 22-year-old is also on the radar of the Argentine national selectors at the back of numerous influential performances and is now wanted by one of the world’s biggest clubs in Juventus.
AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in his signing. Stuttgart value the central forward at 35 million euros at the back of a contract extension he signed in November last year. There was interest in him ahead of this season as well, primarily from the Rossoneri but the German side kept their frontman and also tied him up to a new deal.
Whether he is the right target for Juve remains to be seen, especially because they were keen on signing Olivier Giroud from Chelsea. The Frenchman is a seasoned striker in European football whereas Gonzalez, with all due respect is still a novice and is yet to display consistent results, especially to be worthy enough to play for Champions League contender.
He could however be a good signing for Tottenham.
Spurs have heavily relied on Harry Kane in the goal-scoring department, and back-up forwards in Steven Bergwijn and Carlos Vinicius have failed to deliver the goods in the Premier League. Nicolas Gonzalez succeeds in a Stuttgart team that plays very defensive football and plays on offensive transitions, similar to what Jose Mourinho’s sides do.
Moreover, the Lilywhites have one of the youngest sides in the Premier League and at just 35 million euros, the Argentine’s signing could be a gamble that may yield interesting results for them. Milan on the flipside are unlikely to pursue him anymore, thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ante Rebic and Rafael Leao already doing great things together.
Where do you think breakthrough Bundesliga striker Nicolas Gonzalez will ply his trade next season?