Italian champions Juventus will have a €60 million transfer budget to spend in January and have chosen Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan and Monaco’s Joao Moutinho as their main targets, according to Tuttosport.
Juve's president Andrea Agnelli is reportedly ready to spend big in January, as the Old Lady are aiming for a fifth consecutive Scudetto and to build on their Champions League runners-up finish last season.
With serious injury problems hitting the side since the start of the season, the Italian publication believes €60 million is required to get their ambitious targets.
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Gundogan has been on Juventus's radar for a while, but the midfielder is also being followed by the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Liverpool. However, with the financial boost from last year's Champions League run, Juve are now able to compete with the big boys in the market and are expected to meet Dortmund's €30 million asking price for the German international.
The Bianconeri are also interested in another midfielder - Joao Moutinho from Monaco. The Portuguese international will be cheaper and a more realistic target than Gundogan as the French club needs to straighten their finances after some excessive spending in the last few years. It is believed the 29-year-old would cost between €15-20 million, should Juventus decide to make a move for him.
Other alternatives for Juve include Real Madrid's Isco, Chelsea's Oscar and Alex Teixeira from Shakhtar Donetsk. However, it is unlikely any of them will be available in January, but a summer move for at least one of the trio could be on the cards.
Inter's Fredy Guarin has also been linked with a move to Turin, but the Columbian's inconsistency and behaviour issues would make little sense for Massimiliano Allegri's side to make a move.
The Old Lady are struggling to find replacements for the departed Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal, as Sami Khedira, Roberto Pereyra, Kwadwo Asamoah and Claudio Marchisio have all been battling injuries this term.
The awful displays of summer signing Hernanes has also contributed to the Old Lady's struggles, leaving the likes of Mario Lemina and Stefano Sturaro to cover up for Pirlo and Vidal.
While both Sturaro and Lemina are talented players and intriguing prospects for the future, neither provide the guaranteed which Pirlo and Vidal brought to Allegri's side. Therefore, there is little doubt the Bianconeri will try to add a more established player with a European pedigree to their ranks.
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