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    Paper Talk: Juventus require midfield reinforcement, Zaza linked with Serie A return

    Paper Talk: Juventus require midfield reinforcement, Zaza linked with Serie A return

    Juventus managed a 2-1 over Chievo yesterday keeping a four-point lead over second-placed Roma in Serie A. The Old Lady’s boss Massimiliano Allegri, however, is short of options in midfield and has asked the club to bring at least one new recruit to the J Stadium in the winter transfer window.

    According to Tuttosport, Rodrigo Bentancur is set to join the bianconeri in the January window, but the Seire A giants want to sign also a big name that can boost the team and make the club become credible contenders for the Champions League.

    The Italian paper claims that both Axel Witsel and Balise Matuidi are on Juventus’ shortlist though the Belgium International is the most likely to join the club, not only because he has already agreed personal terms with Juve last summer, but also because he’d be eligible to play in the Champions League knock-out stage, unlikely the French midfielder.

    Meantime, West Ham flop Simone Zaza is being linked with a Serie A return.

    The Italian striker is said to be wanted by Napoli and according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Serie A giants will make a January bid to bring the former Juventus man back in Italy.

    After the injury of Arkadiusz Milik, Maurizio Sarri is desperate to sign a new centre-forward and according to La Gazzetta dello Sport Zaza tops the Italian manager’s shortlist. Newcastle hit-man Aleksandar Mitrovic is also being linked with moving to Napoli in the winter transfer window.


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