Juventus will have to reverse a 2-1 deficit against Porto in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League. Andrea Pirlo knows the Champions League might be his only route to major silverware this season, with the Bianconeri currently sitting third in Serie A, seven points behind league leaders Inter Milan.
Without further ado, here are the latest news from Juventus on March 7, 2021.
Barcelona interested in Matthijs de Ligt
Barcelona would have identified Matthijs de Ligt as a potential signing this summer. Ronald Koeman is said to be a big fan of his compatriot and would like to bring him to Camp Nou at the end of the season.
According to Gol’s JournalBarcelona’s pursuit of De Ligt will mainly depend on whether the club’s new president wants the deal to go through. The defender was heavily linked with the Blaugrana before his transfer from Ajax to Juventus.
A major stumbling block for Barcelona would be the Dutchman’s price. The defender has joined Juventus for around € 75million, and the Bianconeri are sure to ask for a similar figure if they part ways with him this summer.
Juventus get boost from Paul Pogba
Paul pogba is reportedly undecided on whether to extend his current contract at Manchester United. The Frenchman is in the final 18 months of his contract and has been linked with a departure from Old Trafford at the end of the season.
According to Daily Star, Manchester United have had no communication with Pogba or his agent, Mino Raiola, regarding a possible extension of his contract with the club.
This will be a huge boost for Juventus as Andrea Pirlo appears keen to bring the midfielder back to the club this summer.
Pogba has also been linked with players like Real Madrid and PSG in the past. However, Juventus appear to be the current favorites to secure the Frenchman’s signature if he decides to leave Manchester United.
Juventus provide injury update ahead of crucial Porto meeting
Juventus hope to be boosted by the return of a few crucial players ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against Porto.
Andrea Pirlo will sweat on the physical form of Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs De Ligt. There are also question marks about Paulo Dybala’s suitability. Meanwhile, midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.
The Bianconeri will however welcome Leonardo Bonucci and Arthur again for Wednesday’s match, with Football Italia expecting the duo to be involved against Porto from the start.