In a small yet rather sporadic sample size, Juventus striker Simone Zaza has proven that he can find the back of the net when given the opportunity to actually get some semblance of playing time. And, at the same time, when looking at players currently on the Juventus roster who have been linked with a move away from Turin, Zaza has been one of the frequent names brought up.
Does that mean he's actually going somewhere? Who knows.
But that does mean the exit rumors are going to slow down any time soon — especially with another transfer window set to open up within the next couple of days.
West Ham United and Crystal Palace revived their attempts to poach striker Simone Zaza from Juventus for €27m (£19.9m).
The Premier League side had already been close to securing the ex-Sassuolo forward over the summer, but eventually Juve decided to keep him.
Zaza isn't getting much playing time in Turin, but has still scored five goals in 10 competitive games this term.
Tuttosport now claim the Hammers are back in the running for the 24-year-old Italy international.
Despite proposing €27m, it's reported Juventus will reject the proposals from West Ham and Crystal Palace because they do not want to sell Zaza on a permanent basis.
(Source: Football Italia)
We discussed the striker situation a short time ago when tossing around the idea of Alessandro Matri coming back to Juventus on loan during the January transfer window for the second straight season. A lot of why it made sense to bring Matri back was not just the familiarity factor between the player and club, but also because it would allow Juventus to have five genuine strikers on the roster with competing on three fronts about to go down once the new year gets going.
A Zaza departure would obviously make another striker even that much more necessary. And if Juventus have the desire to get to five, then it wouldn't make much sense at all to let Zaza go even with the pretty high price tag that is being thrown out there above.
But the fact still remains that Zaza will surely want more playing time in the second half of the season to not just improve upon his numbers this year, but also with the European Championship happening this summer. While he's been a regular call-up by Antonio Conte as of late, the more playing time — and possible production — he gets, the better his chances would be to lock down a spot in a group of Italian strikers that is very much wide open at this point.