Juventus target Premier League defender in free transfer move

Lloyd Kelly
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Juventus have their eyes firmly fixed on Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly according to Calciomercato. With contract talks stalled at his current club, the versatile 25-year-old could be a key piece in Juventus's defensive puzzle – and potentially a free transfer coup.

Kelly's rise has been nothing short of meteoric. Since leaving Bristol City for Bournemouth in 2019, he's slotted seamlessly into the backline, playing a crucial role with his ability to excel as both a centre-back and left-back. The Englishman is the type of defender managers love – solid, adaptable, and with an eye towards contributing in all phases of the game.

While Bournemouth undoubtedly values Kelly's services, his contract expires in June 2024, and so far, a new deal seems elusive. That's where Juventus steps in, joining the likes of AC Milan, Tottenham, and Newcastle in chasing Kelly's signature.

Juventus, ever the shrewd operators in the transfer market, aren't simply lured by Kelly's talent. The potential of securing a player of his calibre on a free transfer is incredibly tempting. After all, Kelly commands a hefty salary at Bournemouth, and that bargaining chip gets stronger with each passing day.

Kelly's commitment to Bournemouth is evident in his 130-plus appearances, including those crucial Premier League campaigns. He's even earned England youth national team caps. But now, a crossroads: stay with the familiar, or embrace the grand stage that a club like Juventus offers?

Juventus's pursuit of Lloyd Kelly isn't just about plugging a hole in their defence. It's a calculated gamble, a chance to add a proven asset right as his contract runs out. Will he stay loyal to Bournemouth, or will the siren song of a European giant win out?