Juventus will likely have to wait until the summer to sign a striker with three of their targets set to stay at their respective clubs in January.
The Bianconeri’s striker situation is precarious and it’s one they would love to solve as soon as possible. Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning departure in the summer caught them completely off guard, and they were forced to reunite with Moise Kean to provide Alvaro Morata with some support up top.
Santos youngster Kaio Jorge was also signed with an eye for the future.
Goals, however, have come few and far between for Juventus’ forwards this season. Morata and Kean have combined for eight strikes this season, with the performances of both players being distinct sources of frustration for Juventini this term.
Morata’s future is up in the air, and the Bianconeri are unsure whether they’ll buy the player permanently after his two-year loan comes to a close at the end of the season. Juventus want to reduce the fee they’d have to pay to buy Morata from Atletico Madrid, who have no interest in retaining the Spaniard’s services.
Why will Juventus likely have to wait until the summer to sign a striker?
Even if Juve signed Morata in the summer, the club do not view him as a long-term solution. If Atletico aren’t willing to lower the €35m permanent buy-out clause for the Spaniard, Juventus will likely let Morata walk.
Thus, the Bianconeri have identified several striker targets for 2022, some of which are bona fide long-term solutions. Dusan Vlahovic, for example, is the Bianconeri’s dream but the club cannot afford to pay the reported €70m that Fiorentina are demanding in January.
Another option, Gianluca Scamacca, who’s enjoying a superb season at Sassuolo, is set to stay at the club until the summer – as per Alfredo Pedulla (via @JuveFC).
How about a short-term option?
Gianluca Di Marzio said on Boxing Day (via @JuveFC) that Juventus want to sign an “experienced” striker in January for six months before reassessing the situation in the summer.
Di Marzio adds that Mauro Icardi and Arkadiusz Milik are potential options. Although, the former doesn’t want to leave Paris Saint-Germain this winter.
Thus, Juve’s hands are tied at this stage and the odds of the club buying a forward out of sheer desperation in January are increasing. Odion Ighalo anyone?