Juventus Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Mesut Ozil and Christian Eriksen

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03:  Mesut Ozil of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 3, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Juventus are reportedly keeping tabs on Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen as the Serie A club seeks a new attacking midfielder.

Calciomercato.com's Jordan Russell has reported how Juve chief executive Beppe Marotta and sporting director Fabio Paratici see Ozil and Eriksen as top targets.

The Denmark international "has been on Juve's radar for some time now," per Russell, who also noted "Ozil has been tracked by Marotta and his colleagues for a while too."

Of the two, the former Real Madrid man would appear to be the easier target considering his Arsenal contract expires this summer, meaning a club can sign him on a free transfer.

On January 8, Italian publication Corriere dello Sport (h/t MailOnline's Danny Gallagher) reported Juve are ready to rival Manchester United for Ozil's signature. The presence in the Bianconeri squad of his friend and fellow Germany international, Sami Khedira, is seen as an advantage for Juve.

Ozil's Arsenal future remains in doubt.
Ozil's Arsenal future remains in doubt.Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

For his part, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said Ozil could stay with the Gunners, per Joe Shread of Sky Sports. However, the lure of joining a star-studded Juventus squad may be too great for the 29-year-old to resist.

After all, the Bianconeri regularly win the Italian title and are a fixture in the UEFA Champions League, having reached two out of the last three finals. Meanwhile, Arsenal are in the UEFA Europa League this season and eight points off the top four in the Premier League.

Spurs are five points in front of the Gunners and also have Eriksen on a contract paying £70,000 per week and set to run until 2020. Better still, the 25-year-old is close to signing another contract extension, according to Dave Fraser of The Sun.

Either one of Eriksen or Ozil would provide the vision and ingenuity between the midfield and forward lines Juve have lacked at times. The current midfield is workmanlike thanks to the brawn of Khedira, as well as the energy and movement of Blaise Matuidi.

Eriksen appears settled at Tottenham.
Eriksen appears settled at Tottenham.Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Miralem Pjanic and Rodrigo Bentancur have tried to add some flair to proceedings, but manager Massimiliano Allegri needs a more prolific creator, especially with forward Paulo Dybala struggling with a thigh injury.

Juventus would be best served taking advantage of Ozil's uncertainty at Arsenal and trying to secure a deal either for January or the summer.

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