Juventus have warned suitors that Paul Pogba is not for sale, but that hasn’t stopped them looking to strengthen an already impressive midfield. The Old Lady are dominating Italy, winning Serie A every year, but remain ambitious and want to win the Champions League.
Yaya Touré was reportedly offered to the Italian champions by his controversial agent Dimitri Seluk recently, but at his age does not seem a perfect fit for what Juventus have built in recent years.
The impressive Valencia midfielder André Gomes has been their primary midfield target, but the high demands of his club and rival interest from Manchester United are complicating a deal. Gomes is representated by super-agent Jorge Mendes, just like Jose Mourinho who could be United’s manager come the start of next season. It has been reported that Mourinho and Gomes could both join United, as is often the case with Mendes clients who are known to appear at the same clubs en masse.
With Gomes not certain to join, Juventus are considering Manchester City midfielder Fernando according to Calciomercato. They say this deal could depend on whether Pep Guardiola plans to use the midfield enforcer, who has improved significantly this season.
Pep is very specific when it comes to how his midfields are built and may find Fernando too limited or one-dimensional for his needs. That’s where Juventus believe they may have a chance of signing Fernando for ‘much lower’ than his €15 million (£11.8 million) valuation.
For now Fernando is just an ‘idea’ for Juventus, but being linked with such a club is a compliment. After his first season at City, Torino would have been a more likely destination for the 28-year-old, but he has put in some improved performances this campaign, particular in the Champions League. Will he be part of Pep Guardiola’s plans though, or a victim of the overhaul that is likely to come?