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Liverpool, Tottenham on alert as Juventus to put every midfielder up for sale, except duo

Weston McKennie Juventus

Juventus are looking to cash in on a number of their top stars, with a report on Sunday claiming they will sell all their midfielders bar two.

The Turin outfit have had a hugely disappointing first third of the campaign and currently sit eighth in the Serie A table, a whopping 14 points leaders AC Milan with a game in hand. They are, however, doing better in the Champions League – sitting second behind Chelsea and have already qualified for the knockout stage.

But despite their European form, a report from Il Bianconero states that Max Allegri is happy to allow several players to leave.

The likes of Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey, Dejan Kulusevski and Federico Bernardeschi could all go. However, two players Allegri does not want to lose are Weston McKennie and Manuel Locatelli.

The former has been strongly tipped to join both Tottenham and West Ham. Arsenal, meanwhile, were previously linked with Locatelli before he joined Juve from Sassuolo.

In terms of the players who could leave, Ramsey has long been tipped to join Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp is known to be a big admirer of the Wales star’s qualities, while Newcastle are also keen. Injuries, however, have clearly plagued him during his time in Italy.

Manchester United and Liverpool receive major boost in Denis Zakaria pursuit

Manchester United and Liverpool receive major boost in Denis Zakaria pursuit

Both Manchester United and Liverpool have reportedly been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria, with more new son Florian Neuhaus and Sergio Gomez.

Rabiot is another player who is continually linked with a move to England, while Sweden international Kulusevski is a known target for Spurs and Arsenal.

Allegri is said to have taken this stance as he wants to perform a major rebuild of his current squad.

That could mean some real bargains are available for English clubs, either in January or most likely next summer.

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Villa star told to snub Liverpool, Man Utd interest

Meanwhile, Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard should convince Carney Chukwuemeka to snub transfer interest from Liverpool and Manchester United and instead sign a new contract, one pundit has said.

Villa have a solid reputation for developing exciting youth talents, with Jack Grealish the standout name. However, in recent seasons, the West Midlands club have enjoyed more success on that front.

Midfielder Jacob Ramsey, 20, is now a fully-fledged Premier League midfielder in the first team. His younger brother Aaron, meanwhile, has played in the Carabao Cup this term.

Carney Chukwuemeka playing for Aston Villa against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup

However, Chukwuemeka is another midfield player who has been grabbing the attention at Villa.

The 18-year-old has made four first-team appearances already this term, including two in the Premier League. As such, Liverpool and Manchester United are supposedly keeping tabs on his situation.

Chukwuemeka’s current deal expires in the summer of 2023. He will reportedly reject the offer of a new deal as he seeks more first-team opportunities elsewhere.

According to former Villa star Gabriel Agbonlahor, though, the midfielder should think again. Indeed, the pundit pointed to Ramsey as a prime example of what lies ahead at Villa Park for him.

“My message to him would be, Aston Villa is the best place for you to be,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.

Chukwuemeka told to stay at Villa

“You might have clubs like Man City and Man United looking at you but you’ve got more chance of breaking through at Aston Villa and get minutes.

“If I was him I’d keep with it, keep performing for the Under-23s, keep performing in training with Steven Gerrard.

“He will get his chance and you’ve got to be patient. Look at Jacob Ramsey, he got his chance.

“When you get your chance take it. My advice would be to reject offers from Liverpool and everyone else, stay and sign a new contract with the club. He’s still young. All you need is that one game, make it count and you’ll stay in the team.”

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