Juventus have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Premier League forwards Anthony Martial and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Bianconeri will sign a new striker at some point next year with Fiorentina hitman Dusan Vlahovic the club’s priority. However, should they be priced out of that move, Mauro Icardi and Gianluca Scamacca have been discussed as cheaper alternatives.
Juve’s attack has struggled this term. They desperately lack creativity in Paulo Dybala’s absence and have often been inefficient in front of goal in the games where La Joya’s magic facilitates opportunities for the front men.
Juventus’ 23 goals this term is the 13th-highest tally in Serie A. Although, their 30.67 xG haul is the third-highest. This 7.67 goal disparity is by far the largest in the division, depicting their wastefulness in the final third.
Will Juventus pursue the Premier League duo?
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Manchester United’s Martial is a possible option for Juventus in January. The Frenchman is likely to leave Old Trafford this winter after falling out of favour.
Aubameyang, meanwhile, was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy earlier this week for yet another disciplinary breach. His relationship with Mikel Arteta appears to be broken beyond repair and the Gabonese forward could exit north London at the next possible opportunity.
Nicolo Schira reports that both Aubameyang and Martial have been offered to the Bianconeri through intermediaries. However, Schira adds that the lofty salaries of both players are likely to deter Juve from making a move. Each make £13m-a-year with their respective Premier League clubs.
Are Juventus right to shun these potential moves?
Juventus shouldn’t entertain the idea of bringing Aubameyang to Turin. While the former Arsenal skipper remains a sharpshooter in front of goal, his age (32) and attitude both work against him. As Schira noted, Aubameyang doesn’t fit in with Massimiliano Allegri’s second “project” in Turin, even if it isn’t distinct what exactly that project is yet.
Martial would be the better option of the two, but he’s not the bonafide number nine that Juventus crave. The club cannot afford to pay the 26-year-old his Manchester United salary in the current climate and unless the forward would be willing to take a rather significant pay cut, this is another move that Juve should avoid.
As we’ve already noted, the club must direct their attention to financing a move for Vlahovic. But, if that proves to be impossible, then Sassuolo’s Scamacca would be the wisest alternative.