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The Centre Forwards Juventus Should Sign as Gonzalo Higuaín’s Replacement – Ranked
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Edin Dzeko is rumoured to be on Juve’s wish list | MB Media/Getty Images

If there’s one accusation you can’t level at the Juventus hierarchy this summer, it’s that they’re being indecisive.

The club took less than 24 hours to confirm the departure of Maurizio Sarri following their dismal showing against Lyon in the Champions League, and have since confirmed Gonzalo Higuaín will be following suit.

The former Argentina international experienced an underwhelming 2019/20 campaign – notching just eight times in Serie A – and new boss Andrea Pirlo has confirmed the 32-year-old isn’t a part of the club’s rebuilding plans.

With the Bianconeri already linked with a whole host of replacements for the outgoing Higuaín…well, who should be on the list?

It remains to be seen whether Alexandre Lacazette has a future at Arsenal, with Pirlo reportedly keen on bringing the Frenchman to Juventus.

Having originally looked like the talismanic figure Arsenal had been craving, Lacazette’s move to north London hasn’t gone as well as the Emirates faithful would have hoped.

While 37 goals in 97 Premier League games is far from a sparse return, Juventus need a prolific spearhead to their attack if they’re to achieve their goal of being crowned kings of Europe once again – a title which has eluded them since 1996 – and Lacazette may not quite be at the level they need.

Suitability Rating: 2/10

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Milik has admitted his desire for a move to Juventus | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Rumours have circulated for some time regarding Juventus’ interest in Napoli star Arkadiusz Milik, with the player said to be keen on a move to Turin.

While Milik undoubtedly has the talent to fit in at a top club Juve, replacing a serial winner like Higuaín with a player whose nine-year professional career has gleaned just one major trophy represents something of a risk.

At 26, Milik still has time to develop – but after a relatively underwhelming 2019/20 campaign, Juventus need a striker who can hit the ground running, and a move for the Napoli man could represent something of a gamble.

Suitability Rating: 4/10

Juve are just one of the clubs rumoured to have lodged an interest in Wolves striker Raúl Jiménez, and if a deal can be agreed he would be a great fit at the club.

The Mexican’s all-round game is as good as any centre forward in the Premier League, and combined with a healthy goal return he looks an exciting prospect for any top club.

At 29 years of age Jiménez is in his prime and securing his signature ahead of a plethora of other clubs would represent an impressive piece of business by the Old Lady. The problem? It’s a hefty fee for someone without much sell-on value, and Juve don’t have that much cash to splash.

Suitability Rating: 6/10

It would be easy to write off 34-year-old Edin Džeko from this list, but the Bosnian has never been reliant on blistering pace, and his ability to act as a foil for others as well as being a superb finisher see him still clocking up impressive figures.

Since securing a permanent move to Roma from Manchester City, Džeko has notched 96 goals in 183 games for I Giallorossi.

If Juventus are looking for a tried and tested Serie A striker, the Roma frontman could be just what they’re looking for.

Suitability Rating: 7/10

It would be an understatement to suggest Barcelona are a club in turmoil.

With the Spanish behemoths keen to address the issue of an ageing squad, Luis Suárez has been told he’s surplus to requirements at Camp Nou.

The Uruguay international may not be at his prolific best anymore, but 21 goals in all competitions last campaign is not to be sniffed at.

Juventus have made some quality free signings in recent years, and while the 33-year-old would command an eye-watering salary, he’d certainly tick the box of a marquee arrival.

Having spent six seasons in the shadow of Lionel Messi, slotting in alongside Cristiano Ronaldo may well prove to be a seamless transition for
Suárez.

The former Liverpool man could well be the latest piece of shrewd business for the club.

Suitability Rating: 8/10



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