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Juventus: Defensive summer overhaul planned

Juventus are planning on changing the majority of their defensive options in the summer transfer window.

La Vecchia Signora are basically out of the Champions League after they were defeated 3-0 at the Allianz Stadium to Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The majority of the Bianconeri have been scolded for their performance and the Juventus hierarchy are expected to start a new era in the summer as they look to revamp the squad.

The priority of The Old Lady at this moment in time is the defence, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

In goal Gianluigi Buffon is expected to retire at the end of the season and his replacement will be the current second goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

La Madama will need a second goalkeeper and the Turin based side are keeping tabs on Federico Marchetti of Lazio and Antonio Mirante of Bologna.

In the centre of the defence Giorgio Chiellini is expected to sign a new two-year contract whereas Andrea Barzagli is expected to sign a new one-year contract.

Mattia Caldara will return from his loan spell at Atalanta and is likely going to be a starting defender alongside one of Chellini and Medhi Benatia.

Benedikt Howedes has only appeared once in all competitions for Juventus this season due to repeated injuries and he won’t be signed outright by Le Zebre.

Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis Papasthathopoulos has been identified as a potential squad player for Massimiliano Allegri’s side next year but the Greek International could move to the English Premier League as Arsenal and Manchester United are both keen on signing him.

Kwadwo Asamoah has already agreed terms with Inter and the Ghanian International will move to the San Siro once his contract expires in June on a free transfer.

Stephan Lichsteiner is also going to move on from Turin with the likes of Valencia and Nice both interested in the Swiss International.

Most shockingly though is the fact that Daniele Rugani could leave if he isn’t guaranteed a starting spot for next season as the highly-rated Italian International wants to play regular football. Arsenal and Napoli have expressed interest in the 23 year-old.

It remains to be seen whether Alex Sandro will remain with La Signora next season as the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are both prepared to offer over €50 million for the Brazilian left-back. Ultimately it is up to Sandro to decide his own fate.

Leonardo Spinazzola will return from his impressive loan at Atalanta, while Matteo Darmian of Manchester United has been linked with a move to Turin.

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