Juventus unveil shortlist of three players after losing out on Felipe Anderson

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Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson has decided to return to his home country, joining Palmeiras despite strong interest from Juventus and other top European clubs. The Serie A giants had been confident in securing a free transfer, but Anderson's decision has left them searching for new options.

With Anderson no longer available, Juventus have turned their attention to three potential signings: Nicolas Pepe, Erik Lamela, and Mason Greenwood according to Calciomercato (via JuveFC).

Each player brings a unique set of skills and experiences to the table, but the club must carefully consider their options given their limited budget.

Nicolas Pepe

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Nicolas Pepe, once a record signing for Arsenal, is one of the names on Juventus' shortlist. The 28-year-old Ivorian winger has struggled for consistency since his €80 million move to the Gunners in 2019. While his availability on a free transfer after his spell with Trabzonspor may be appealing, Pepe's high wage demands could be a stumbling block for Juventus.

Erik Lamela

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Erik Lamela, a 32-year-old Argentine with Serie A experience from his time at AS Roma, is seen as a more short-term option for Juventus. While Lamela knows the league well, his age and fit within Massimiliano Allegri's rebuild plans remain questionable. The club must weigh the benefits of his experience against the need for a long-term solution.

Mason Greenwood

Mason Greenwood, currently on loan at Getafe from Manchester United, has caught the eye of Juventus scouts. The 22-year-old Englishman has rebuilt his career in Spain after off-field issues at Old Trafford, and his potential has not gone unnoticed. Despite Manchester United reportedly setting a £50 million price tag on Greenwood, he remains the most appealing option for Juventus among the three alternatives.

Mason Greenwood
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Greenwood's versatility, technical ability, and eye for goal make him an attractive prospect for Allegri's side. If Juventus can negotiate a reasonable fee with Manchester United, Greenwood could prove to be a valuable investment for the future.

As Juventus search for Felipe Anderson's alternative, they must be strategic in their choices to improve upon a disappointing fourth-place finish in the 2023-24 season.

While Greenwood's talent is undeniable, the hefty price tag set by Manchester United may prove too steep. Pepe and Lamela, though experienced, come with their own set of risks and limitations.

The club's ability to identify and secure the right player could have a significant impact on their chances of reclaiming the Serie A title and making a deep run in the Champions League.

Among the three alternatives, Mason Greenwood stands out as the most promising option, and Juventus would be wise to prioritise his signing if they can reach an agreement with Manchester United.