Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has reportedly given approval for Dries Mertens’ signature.
According to a report from Fabiana Della Valle, Juventus have been recently testing waters on the transfer market for a forward signing due to the injuries sustained by Dušan Vlahović and Federico Chiesa. The name of Dries Mertens has come up a few times among the Bianconeri while Allegri has seen signing the Belgian as a ‘real’ possibility after the reluctancy of Atletico Madrid in sending Alvaro Morata on loan to Juventus.
Mertens would be granted his wage demands at Juventus that became a serious liability for the Partenopei with added perks of playing in the UEFA Champions League and the prospect of winning silverware in the future.
The 35-year-old veteran would be a competitor of Moise Kean for the second-in-line striker spot as Vlahović is set for more rest period as he recovers from his injury and Juventus will prevent him from getting injury-prone. Mertens is also expected to cover the left-wing as a regular feature until Chiesa returns from injury.
Allegri is also studying the prospects of other signings with Filip Kostic, Luis Muriel, Timo Werner and Memphis Depay to further bolster their squad and achieve some silverware in the upcoming season.
GIFN | Trambak Bhattacherjee