Glen Johnson emerges as Juventus transfer target

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Liverpool defender Glen Johnson could leave Anfield in January, with Italian giants Juventus eyeing up a move for the England International according to The Daily Express.

Johnson joined the Reds in 2009 from Portsmouth and has made 174 appearances for the Merseyside club, making the right-back spot at Anfield his own.

However, the 30-year-old is now into the final year of his contract and is yet to be offered a new contract, which would suggest that his time as a Liverpool player could be coming to an end. 

Over the past 12 months, Johnson has put in many under-par performances for Liverpool and his position at the club has been doubted by supporters and now possibly by manager Brendan Rodgers also.

Tough competition

The Reds boss brought in Javier Manquillo this summer from Atletico Madrid on a two-season loan deal, which highlights the youngster is firmly in Rodgers' plans for next season.

Jon Flanagan is also firmly competing to play at right-back. The academy graduate became a regular at Anfield last season, filling the role of left-back but with a preference to slot in on the right-hand side.

Many thought that Johnson would have left this summer before the transfer window shut on September 1 due to the competition for his position and the amount of time he has left on his contract. Such a move never came to fruition, however. 

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With a new deal looking unlikely, Johnson could follow in the footsteps of Ashley Cole and go to play his football in Serie A.

It is current champions Juventus who apparently want to acquire the defender's services as manager Massimiliano Allegri looks to strengthen his options at the back.

Three Months too late

If Johnson is to go in January, it makes no sense whatsoever why Liverpool didn't sell the full-back this summer. 

He is reportedly on around £90,000-£110,000 at the Reds, one of the highest earners. With Johnson likely to feature a lot less this season, it seems that Liverpool will very much be wasting a lot of money for the right-back to sit on the sidelines.

It is likely that Liverpool will receive a small fee for Johnson in January if Juventus are to pursue the defender.

However the Reds would have got a bigger fee if the defender left this summer, along with offloading his high wage bill. 

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