According to a report published by Calcio Marcato, Juventus have set their sights on Samuel Umtiti as a potential replacement for veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini.
Umtiti came to Barcelona as a potential world-beater, and lived up to that potential for a brief period, in 2017/18 season, where he was among the best defenders of the world. Alas, his fall since has been meteoric, owing to constant knee injuries following his victory with France in the World Cup.
The Frenchman has begun his recovery and is on track to return to the pitch with Barcelona, but has been the subject of speculation since the season started. Ronald Koeman has publicly, yet subtly stated that he does not trust Umtiti to make a return to the pitch under him, considering the 27-year-old’s past with injuries.
Juventus are one of the teams that are looking to bring in Umtiti in an attempt to replace veteran midfielder Giorgio Chiellini. The Italian recently suffered an ACL injury, but despite making a return, has not made any more than two appearances in the league under new manager Andrea Pirlo.
Umtiti, while injury prone, still has the potential to be one of the best defenders in the world based on his ability. Additionally, given the relatively relaxed tempo of the Serie A, could make for a wonderful addition to the Bianconeri.
David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans
During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.
The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”
Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”
Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.
There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.