Juventus are hoping to turn the tables in next year’s UEFA Champions League as they look to rebuild on their ageing squad in the upcoming summer.
The Juventus attack has been a subject of discussion for the past year or so. Make no mistake, the quality of the front three is just fine but what is more surprising that with each passing day, their forward three are aging and need replacing. Paulo Dybala is their only young option.
According to the Metro, the Serie A leaders are apparently looking at Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette in a bid to bolster their attack. Cristiano Ronaldo is 35 now and one cannot say for certain regarding when the Portuguese star is going to play. On the other hand, Gonzalo Higuain is 32 and he isn’t as fit as Ronaldo, so he’ll be phased out soon enough.
It seems Lacazette’s recent arrival to form has grabbed Juventus’ attention and rightly so. The 29-year-old has scored three times in his last four games ever since breaking his year-long away goal drought. The French star started playing for Arsenal on a good note ever since arriving from Lyon for the club record fee of 52 million pound back in 2017.
However, since then it has almost been as if the French International was brought in to play a second fiddle to Aubameyang, after the Gabonese arrived half a season later. The Arsenal forward has fallen down the pecking order lately and just before the suspension of the Premier League, he suffered a very painful blow of losing his place in the squad to 21-year-old rookie Eddie Nketiah.
One should keep in mind that the 29-year-old still has around two years left on his contract. Juventus’ need of the hour is indeed a player like Lacazette, whose link-up play is fairly good and quick. Higuain has always been criticised for his fitness levels and for not matching the pace of Ronaldo and Dybala who are much faster than him whereas his ball control is a bit off as well.
Alexandre Lacazette’s asking price may not even exceed the 50 million pound mark and his quality certainly does justice to Juve’s interest. Given that the Gunners’ forward has only two years on his deal, he may very well be offloaded this summer so as to ignore the possibility of him leaving for a discounted rate a year later or walk free in 2022.
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