Juventus prepares for Bremer departure, targets two replacements

Gleison Bremer
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Manchester United's strong interest in Gleison Bremer has cast a shadow of uncertainty over the Brazilian's future with Juventus. The Italian giants aren't waiting idly by - they've already identified two promising young defenders as potential replacements: Maxence Lacroix of Wolfsburg and Ousmane Diomande of Sporting CP.

Bremer's consistent performances have established him as a key figure in the Juventus backline. If a compelling offer from United arrives, or his release clause is met, a move seems likely. Juventus is anticipating this possibility, turning their attention to Lacroix and Diomande, who both possess the potential to seamlessly integrate into their defence.

VfL Wolfsburg v FC Augsburg - Bundesliga
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Lacroix, a 24-year-old French centre-back, has made a name for himself in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg. Physically dominant, quick, and possessing a sharp tactical mind, he's played in an impressive 124 matches for the German club. With just a year left on his contract, Juventus could sign him without a budget-busting transfer fee.

On the other hand, Ousmane Diomande is generating significant buzz across Europe. The 20-year-old Ivorian joined Sporting CP in January 2023 from Danish club Midtjylland for a fee that could rise to €12.5 million with add-ons. Diomande's €80 million release clause presents a potential financial obstacle for Juventus, especially considering the intense competition for his signature.

Ousmane Diomande
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His strengths mirror those of Lacroix – imposing physicality, speed, intelligent play, and the ability to disrupt attacks.

While both defenders offer immense promise, Juventus is well-known for their shrewd financial approach. They aim to spend less than they would potentially earn from Bremer's departure, making Lacroix a more likely target.

The summer transfer window is shaping up to be a pivotal one for Juventus. Will Bremer depart? Can Juventus secure their next defensive star? The next few months will bring an exciting mix of speculation, negotiations, and potentially a new era for the Juventus backline.