Serie A side Juventus have made Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson a transfer target for the Winter window as Massimiliano Allegri is keen on strengthening his defensive options.
Allegri took over at Juve this summer after Antonio Conte announced his decision to leave the club after a successful stint, winning three Serie A titles with the club in three consecutive years.
Key transfer deals
Throughout the summer, Juventus were dominating the headlines due to Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba both being wanted men by European giants, but after keeping both of them at the club, Allegri is now keen to add further talent to his squad in January once the transfer window re-opens.
Juve added Patrice Evra from Manchester United at left-back, and Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid was another big-name addition, but Allegri is now keen to add further defensive options and Johnson is one of the names on his list.
According to reports, Juventus feel confident that they can wrap up a deal for Johnson in January as the Englishman will only have a few months left on his contract, as he has entered his final year.
The 30-year-old is currently sidelined with a thigh injury, but he is reportedly in deep discussions with Liverpool officials regarding a new deal, which would all-but end Juve's interest in him.
Has Johnson lost his place?
However, Johnson is not a guaranteed starter at Anfield anymore due to Brendan Rodgers signing Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan, and also due to the development of John Flanagan, who some Liverpool fans have labelled 'the new Cafu'.
Johnson is also not happy with Rodgers only offering him a 12-month extension, and the England international is keen on signing a longer deal in order to secure his future.
The 30-year-old has been at Anfield since 2009 and has nearly made 200 appearances for The Reds, but with contract talks stalling, it could be his last season in Merseyside and in England.