Juventus are facing more than a bit of off-pitch issues involving a couple of their players – Paul Pogba and Nicolo Fagioli, which have prompted them to consider potential replacements in the market.
Everyone knows Paul Pogba’s situation. Honestly, it is particularly concerning. He has recently tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone following a match against Udinese in which he was an unused substitute and his counter-analysis also returned a positive result. This has put him at risk of receiving a two-to-four-year ban from football. In response, it is said that Pogba is actively preparing his defence ahead of his trial.
Things didn’t end there for Juventus, more trouble followed, Nicolo Fagioli faced his share of off-pitch troubles. It was revealed that he had been involved in illegal betting on football matches. Although he claims that none of these bets were on matches involving his own club – this situation has further complicated matters for Juventus.
Owing to the risk of potential suspensions of both players, Juventus are now exploring options for reinforcements in the upcoming January transfer window.
Their primary target for the midfield position is Tottenham’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Hojbjerg has struggled to secure consistent playing time under manager Ange Postecoglou this season. It is said that talks have already begun for a potential transfer, but the transfer fee for Hojbjerg could be as high as €30 million with Atletico Madrid also lurking around.
There are reports that Pierre was offered to the Turin based side by ‘some intermediaries’ but from a Juve point of view the price mentioned makes it ‘impossible’ for them to think about him.
The clubs could arrange a potential loan deal with an option to buy. We have to keep a watch at this one. Looks like Hojbjerg can be one of the first players to leave come January.