Juventus is reportedly targeting Mexican striker Javier Hernandez after its efforts to sign Alexis Sanchez were thwarted by Arsenal FC.
The Bianconeri recently lost Spanish striker Alvaro Morata to Real Madrid, who exercised the buy-back option to take the 23-year-old back to the Santiago Bernabeu. This has prompted Juventus to look for other options to improve its attack.
According to Italian newspaper La Gazetta dello Sport, Juventus manager Max Allegri was looking to boost the offensive lineup with the signing of Sanchez.
However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not prepared to part with the Chilean star despite reports surfacing that Sanchez is unsettled by Arsenal’s inability to win major trophies. The Frenchman, who himself has just one more year left on his current contract with the Gunners believes that Sanchez is central to his plans for the upcoming season, and has thwarted the advances made by Juventus to land the Chile international.
Juventus turns its attention towards Hernandez
According to a report in English newspaper Daily Mail, after being turned away by Arsenal, Juventus has now made Bayer Leverkusen goal-machine Javier Hernandez one of their top transfer targets.
The Mexico international has had a brilliant season, scoring 30 goals from 53 appearances for both club and country. Having lost Morata to Real Madrid, and with Mario Mandzukic entering his 30s, Juventus are on the lookout for a striker who can give them another four-five years. 28-year-old Hernandez looks like their best option at the moment.
Can Juventus return to their long lost European glory days?
Allegri’s recent domestic exploits (two Serie A and two Coppa Italia titles in two years) have strengthened the Juventus management’s belief in their head coach. The club now believes that with the right combination of players, they can do better in the Champions League.
It has been two decades since Juventus won the Champions League, and as the most successful club in Italy, the Bianconeri would like to change that. Having already signed top players like Miralem Pjanic and Dani Alves from AS Roma and Barcelona respectively, the Bianconeri have already strengthened their squad. It will be interesting to see how Juventus performs in Europe after making so many top signings in the summer.