Exclusive: Chelsea Star & Old Trafford Outcast On Juventus Shortlist After Alexis Sanchez Snub

Juventus eye five candidates as Sanchez alternatives.

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Juventus could be set to target moves for key players at Chelsea and Manchester United after Arsenal beat them to the signing of Alexis Sanchez yesterday, CaughtOffside understands.

The Italian giants are known to be in the market for new attacking midfield players this summer as they look to strengthen their squad for an attempt at a fourth straight Serie A title win, as well as an improvement in the Champions League.

Money could be raised by the sales of big names such as Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal, both of whom are being linked with some of the biggest clubs around Europe after their superb displays in the Italian top flight in recent times, which would pave the way for Juve to bring in some high-quality new signings of their own. This had been the club’s plan in their attempts to sign Sanchez from Barcelona, but a delay in potential deals for Vidal to join Manchester United or Pogba to move to Chelsea meant they couldn’t meet the Catalans’ asking price in time.

Five main targets are believed to have been shortlisted by Juventus and manager Antonio Conte, as listed below.

5) Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain)

Ezequiel Lavezzi PSG

A talented and experienced winger, Ezequiel Lavezzi could be up for sale this summer after somewhat struggling to find his best form since his big move to Ligue 1 in 2012. Formerly a star of Serie A with Napoli, Lavezzi could welcome the chance to return to Italy this summer, with Juventus known to be long-time admirers of his. A similarly creative, skillful and versatile player to Sanchez, Lavezzi could be a very useful signing for Antonio Conte for next season, and possibly available for as little as £20m. Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with the 29-year-old in recent times, and his future could be resolved after his participation in this weekend’s World Cup final, where he will hope to help Argentina to victory over Germany.

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