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Juventus consider Pelle deal as Bianconeri prepare January move for striker

01-Jan-2021, 08:14 pm

Graziano Pelle, Shandong Luneng v Johor Darul Ta'zim, AFC Champions Leauge

Juventus are considering a move forformer Italy internationalGraziano Pelle as they look to bolster their attacking options in the January transfer window.

West Ham are also believed to be monitoring the situation, havingpreviously inquired after the striker's services in 2018 before he signed an extension to keep him atShandong.

The Bianconeri have endured an underwhelming start to the new campaignwith just six wins from their opening 13 Serie A matches, to leave them 10 points adrift of leaders Milan in the title race.

Having not relinquished their hold on the Scudetto since reclaiming the Italian domestic crown from the Rossoneri in 2012, Juve now seriously run the risk of not only losing out on domestic glory but also a Champions League berth, caught in a tightly contested race with Roma, Sassuolo and Napoli for a top four spot.

Andrea Pirlo's side have also not been helped by the multiple absences of talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Portuguese forward having missed several matches this term thanks to a recurring bout of Covid-19.

Chief football officerFabio Paratici is therefore expected to pursue fresh options to bolster Juve's attack in the new year, with Pelle seen as a potential low-cost target. Pelle himself is also believed to be keen on holding talks withParatici over a move to Turin.

Theattacker - anEredivisie winner with AZ in 2008-09 - has proven himself as one of the major threats in the Chinese Super League since his arrival from Southampton in 2016.

He helped the club to aChinese FA Cup triumph earlier this month againstJiangsu Suning and was named in theChinese Super League Team of the Year in 2019 for his performances up front.

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