According to the Italian press, Juventus’ Director General Giuseppe Marotta has flown to London to further explore the transfer options of Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne and Tottenham’s Erik Lamela.
Juventus are willing to offer an escape route for the two attackers, Italian newspaper TuttoSport reports, with the Italian champions potentially looking to seal a January deal for the duo.
Both attacking midfielders have struggled to remain a part of their respective clubs’ starting XI this season, with De Bruyne frozen out early by Blues boss Jose Mourinho, and the Argentine Lamela unable to find his feet thus far in English football.
Serie A may be an excellent option for the duo, with Juventus offering them a chance to reignite their respective careers.
While De Bruyne looks dead set for a move abroad this January, I’m not so sure about Lamela. The only way Lamela would leave White Hart Lane this January is on loan, and even then it is a long shot.
Tottenham invested a good £30m on the 22-year-old only last summer, and Daniel Levy would surely laugh at the idea of sanctioning a permanent move away a few months later.
There will continue to be a host of clubs fighting it out for Chelsea’s De Bruyne’s signature meanwhile. With their European pedigree, and world class squad, Juve certainly have enough to tempt the youngster.
What do you think? Will both players leave London? Let me know in the comments below…