Juventus will try to get go of a few players this summer to make place for newcomers.
Club captain Leonardo Bonucci, who has one more year left on his contract, may be on the list. In the past two years, the 36-year-old has been fighting to maintain his shape and fitness as he eventually succumbed to the effects of aging.
Therefore, new Football Director Cristiano Giuntoli would like to see off the aging defender and replace him with a younger incomer.
According to Tuttosport via JuventusNews24, Juventus have identified Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte as the right heir for Bonucci.
The 29-year-old has a contract with the Cityzens until 2025, but looks destined to leave this summer.
The Spaniard joined the club in 2018 after making his breakthrough at Athletic Bilbao. He was initially a stalwart at the back for Pep Guardiola’s side, but has now fallen down the pecking order.
Laporte is now positioned behind a group of elite defenders, including Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake, Manuel Akanji, and John Stones.
It would be yet another blow to Laporte’s chances of playing at the Etihad Stadium if City were to complete the acquisition of Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig.
Juventus value the qualities that the Spain international possesses, the insider claims. He would also be the left-footed defender that Max Allegri’s group urgently requires.