Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri could also be lining up an audacious swap cope with Liverpool involving Naby Keita and Adrien Rabiot, in keeping with reports. The Bianconeri have already wrapped up a move for Paul Pogba, who is about to depart Manchester United on a free transfer, and so they could follow that up by luring in his midfield partner ahead of the brand new season.
Pogba has agreed a return to Juventus this summer, with the ultimate documents to be signed and sealed originally of next month. His arrival represents a serious coup for Juve, who will sign the Frenchman on a free transfer five years after selling him to United for a world-record fee.
Calciomercato claim that the Turin giants aren’t planning to stop there. Supposedly, Liverpool’s interest in Rabiot could open the door for Keita to enter the negotiation, which could land Allegri with a robust partner in crime for Pogba.
There was big excitement when Keita signed for the Reds back in 2017, but he has broadly did not hit the heights he once did at RB Leipzig. Last season was his best in front of goal at Anfield, and he still managed just 4 in 40 appearances.
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But one manager’s bench-warmer may very well be one other’s treasure, and Keita’s meteoric rice with Leipzig and RB Salzburg was enough to persuade Liverpool to splash out a club-record fee. The 27-year-old could find sanctuary in Italy, very like Pogba did after a frustrating first spell at United, if Juve make the Reds a suggestion.
It stays to be seen if Jurgen Klopp will push to sign Rabiot, who has been linked with a move to the Premier League for what looks like an eternity. The Frenchman has only one 12 months left to run on his contract, meaning this summer could be the proper time for Juventus to sell.
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With Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain amongst those linked to Anfield exits, Klopp may need to plan his next move correctly before he’s left too thin on the bottom in midfield. Links to former Red Gini Wijnaldum have been slapped down as unfaithful, and there’s little suggesting any ambitious moves are within the pipeline since blowing what could change into a recent club record sum on Darwin Nunez.
The previous Benfica marksman will naturally provide many of the excitement for fans heading into the brand new campaign, having lashed in 34 goals last term. Solidity and squad depth will remain a priority, nonetheless, given how close Klopp got here to overseeing a historic quadruple in 2021/22.
“Liverpool need midfielders,” former Aston Villa star Gabby Agbonlahor told talkSPORT. “Thiago has injury problems, [Jordan] Henderson his legs are going to begin going a bit now he’s into his thirties. They need, for me, one other two midfielders. Even someone like Bellingham would slot in perfectly at Liverpool.
“In defence they’re superb, they have enough cover, goalkeeper they have enough cover. I feel like two central midfielders and Nunez and so they will likely be back next season difficult Manchester City.”