Serie A giants Juventus must ensure they win the race for Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side are prepared to splash the cash when the transfer window reopens next month, and despite topping the league table going into 2015 must bolster the squad if they are to fend off Rudi Garcia’s Roma to win the title when the season draws to a close in May.
And with Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool also keeping an eye on the situation, the Old Lady must act fast in order to win the race for his signature.
If Montoya does the leave Luis Enrique’s side then pangs of sadness are expected to reverberate around Catalonia at the loss of an academy player unable to truly make his mark on the first team.
The 23-year-old has found life under Enrique difficult, and has been limited to just three appointments in all competitions with his manager often preferring club stalwart Dani Alves in his place.
It is a far cry from the days under now Argentinean manager Gerard Martino, who integrated him fully into the side during his own stint at the club and selected him in 24 fixtures as the club wrestled back the La Liga title from Real Madrid in 2013.
Last term he still made 19 appearances across all competitions, but with opportunities at the Nou Camp limited needs to move in order to secure regular football elsewhere.
Club Director General Beppe Marotta has already confirmed the current Serie A champions are in the market for a new defender, and Montoya could make the switch after growing disillusioned with life in Spain.
The Old Lady could be set to bid farewell to defender Stephan Lichtsteiner who is tickling the fancy of Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City, with his possible departure to the Etihad Stadium particularly worrying given the consistency of his performances this season.
Montoya’s passing and tackling would make him an ideal replacement for the 30-year-old, and with many years ahead could be a move that sees him ply his trade in Italy’s top flight for many years to come.
The Premier League understandably appeals, but the Old Lady must win the race for one of the most promising full-backs on the planet in order to win a fourth Scudetto in as many years.
Juventus are also keen to bring in a new forward given the struggles of summer signing Alvaro Morata who has struggled to adjust to life in Turin since moving from Real Madrid.
Xherdan Shaqiri, whose time at Bayern Munich looks to be coming to a close, would fit the bill, and could see the Swiss maestro recapture the form that saw him shoot to prominence during his days at FC Basel.
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