After completing the signing of Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahović on Friday evening, Juventus still have some work to do before the January transfer window closes.
Before the window opened, the club were expected to once again reshuffle their midfield pack and once interest in Arthur Melo, Rodrigo Bentancur and Aaron Ramsey surfaced from the Premier League, incomings and outgoings on this front seemed inevitable.
However, with just a couple of days left of the window, Juve are yet to make a single midfield move.
So, what’s the latest?
Aaron Ramsey is yet to accept a Premier League proposal
Ramsey’s exit was a near certainty this month. Massimiliano Allegri had said the Welshman was “set to leave” and buyers began to manifest from the Premier League.
Burnley, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United have all expressed an interest in Ramsey, but the midfielder’s yet to accept a single proposal. The Juve man was supposedly waiting for Newcastle to make an offer but with the Magpies poised to secure the signing of Bianconeri target Bruno Guimarães, a proposal from the North East now looks unlikely.
Fabrizio Romano adds that Juventus are still working to find a solution regarding Ramsey before the deadline. They desperately want the injury-prone midfielder off their wage bill and should he fail to move on this month, it’s understood that the 31-year-old won’t be a part of Allegri’s plans.
Arthur Melo’s move to Arsenal is off
Metronomic midfielder Arthur Melo is set to stay at Juventus for the remainder of the season with his proposed move to Arsenal off the table.
The Gunners, who are searching for a short-term midfield fix, registered a strong interest in the Brazilian but only wanted to sign the midfielder on loan for six months. According to David Ornstein, Juventus want an 18-month loan with a €40m option to buy and the Arsenal hierarchy are reluctant to accept these terms.
For now, the deal is off.
Aston Villa & Lyon fight for Rodrigo Bentancur
Aston Villa’s interest in Bentancur emerged last week but Juventus have rejected their opening proposal of €20m plus €5m in add-ons, per Fabrizio Romano.
Juve are wary of the hefty sell-on clause included in any sale of the Uruguayan.
The Villans remain interested in the Juve midfielder, but a competitor has emerged in Lyon, who’ll need a replacement for the outgoing Guimarães. The French club are yet to table a bid for the 25-year-old, however.
Tottenham Hotspur also had a loan approach rebuffed by the Bianconeri.
Juventus lodge bid for Denis Zakaria
News broke on Saturday morning of Juve matching Borussia Monchengladbach’s €7m valuation of impending free agent Denis Zakaria.
Juve’s sudden pursuit of Zakaira would suggest that either Arthur or Bentancur (likely the latter) are on their way out.