Could Juventus be looking to Spain to find some much-needed depth at the fullback position?
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, that's exactly what they are thinking of doing. Following Juventus' scoreless draw against Atlético Madrid and subsequent advancement into the Champions League knockout stage, Sky Italia's transfer guru reported that the Italian champions are looking to sign Barcelona fullback Martín Montoya, who has expressed his desire to leave the club in the last 24 hours.
Wednesday brought us another update, via Di Marzio:
Montoya's agent will meet with Barca's sporting director Zubizarreta in the next few days to confirm his client's intentions. Liverpool is also interested in acquiring the versatile wing back.
Another reason as to why Juventus might be a logical, low-cost reinforcement for Juventus in the January transfer window?
Montoya isn't even cup-tied. A deal that makes more and more sense and one of those purchases Juve loves to do— Enrico Passarella (@Guardalinee) December 10, 2014
Well then it just makes too much sense.
Juventus clearly need to bring in some depth in defense with so many injuries going on right now. Kwadwo Asamoah isn't coming back any time soon, and the same goes reportedly goes for Romulo, who is probably going under the knife in the near future. The club hasn't said anything about the Brazilian midfielder/wingback actually having surgery, but it's pretty much assumed that he will get the operation and miss around the same kind of time that Asamoah will.
Therefore, depth is needed in an area that doesn't have much depth at all.
Montoya has played all of 90 minutes in La Liga this season, starting against Athletic Club back in the middle of September. Other than that, it's been a complete goose egg as far as playing time goes for the 23-year-old Spanish right back. Then again, when you have Dani Alves ahead of you in the pecking order, it's understandable as to why playing time is so hard to come by.
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