While there have been some positive signals coming out of the Italian press when it comes to the look of Juventus’ attack next season, there is still very much one large elephant left in the room, one that has to do with the guy who wears No. 7 and has lots of supercars.
But that uncertainty doesn’t seem to be slowing Juventus’ transfer plants.
Or at least that’s what we’re being told.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday morning, Juventus are continuing to work to try and sign Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus (on loan) this summer despite the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo’s future in Turin is anything but certain. As Gazzetta’s report states, there is a “possibility of acquiring (Gabriel Jesus) on loan, without immediate financial obligations” — which, as you might expect, is something that is appealing to Juventus considering the current financial state at the club. Talks between Juventus and Manchester City are reportedly ongoing and that the Bianconeri front office is rather determined to get a deal done.
While it is widely assumed that Juventus are just a few small steps away from extending Alvaro Morata’s loan deal for another season, there is also the belief that new manager Max Allegri would like to add another striker who is more of a No. 9 to the fold so that situations like last season when the attacking position was limited on options won’t happen again. That obviously becomes that much more of a priority if Ronaldo does end up leaving — which, at this point, seems to change by the day and the media outlet that you read.
And part of Gazzetta’s report is that Juventus’ pursuit of Gabriel Jesus is centered around constructing a roster for next season even as they await for some sort of Ronaldo resolution. Essentially, Gazzetta says Juventus’ front office — along with Allegri — don’t want to stand idle waiting for an answer from Ronaldo and instead take advantage of opportunities that may present themselves now.
If Gabriel Jesus really proves to be available, then it would be quite a solid move for a player that scored 14 goals in all competitions last season. Sure, that’s not the same kind of production he had when he first arrived in England four years ago, but at the age of 24 there’s certainly a lot to like about a player with that skillset at his age and the chance to get him more regular playing time again.