Glen Johnson emerges as Juventus transfer target

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Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson could be set for a switch to Juventus.

The Daily Mirror reports that England International Johnson could be a surprise target in the winter transfer window for the Italian giants, with his contract at Anfield set to run out end of the current campaign.

Juventus believe that they could get the player in a cut-price deal before that contract runs out.

Liverpool are running the risk of losing the defender on a bosman next summer as no new contract has been agreed between the two parties at the time of writing.

Johnson is one of Liverpool’s highest earners and manager Brendan Rodgers could be keen to get him of the wage bill in the coming window.

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Rodgers could have already paved the way for Johnson to leave the club, with two new summer signings occupying the full-back positions at Anfield.

Alberto Moreno is already staking a claim to be the new left-back at the club - scoring his first goal for Liverpool against Tottenham - and Javi Manquillo has been getting a run out at right-back.

Also, fellow Englishman Jon Flanagan is set to return from injury in a few weeks.

England to Italy - a new trend?

If Johnson were to make the transition from England to Italy he would follow in the footsteps of ex-Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole.

Cole left Stamford Bridge in the recent transfer window to join Serie A side Roma on a free transfer.

Another English full-back who has swapped the Premier League for Serie A is Manchester City’s Micah Richards.

Richards left City on transfer deadline day to join Fiorentina on a season-long loan deal and will see out his last year of his contract in Florence.

Richards was City’s longest serving player, spending 12 years at the blue half of Manchester.


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