1. Gleison Bremer
Gleison Bremer might not yet be the player Rudiger has grown into over the past year, but I believe the Brazilian is the most sustainable long-term solution for Juventus at centre-back.
At 25 years old, it’s easily forgotten just how young Bremer is given the ease and confidence with which he plays the position. He’s established himself as one of Serie A’s best this season, with his aggressive nature in the middle of Ivan Juric’s back three working in harmony with the manager’s high-octane and proactive principles.
Juventini saw Bremer mark Dusan Vlahovic out of the contest in the most recent Derby della Mole and his proficiency as a man-marker has been on full display since Juric took over.
He’s incredibly active in defence as a result of Juric’s style. Over the past year across Europe’s top five leagues, Bremer sits in the 99th percentile for successful pressures per 90 minutes (6.46) and the 98th percentile for combined tackles and interceptions per 90 (5.71) among centre-backs.
Overall, he’s pretty similar to De Ligt in terms of aggression and proactivity, which could be an issue, but we’ve seen the Dutchman work brilliantly with Giorgio Chiellini this season. Thus, I view Bremer as the ideal Chiellini replacement for Juve.
However, the competition is an issue. Bayern Munich and Inter Milan are among the clubs interested in striking a deal with Torino, and Fabrizio Romano reported on Monday that Inter have been in talks with Juve’s crosstown rivals since January.
Thus, it’ll be tough for the Bianconeri to pull this one off. Although, I don’t believe the ‘rivalry’ between the two clubs will serve as a deterrence. Just last summer we saw Marko Pjaca cross the divide to join Il Toro, albeit on loan.