Juventus ponder move for West Ham playmaker targeted by Liverpool

Date published: Tuesday 5th November 2019 9:34 - Matthew Briggs

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Juventus are understood to be pondering whether to revive their interest in West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini.

The Athletic report that Lanzini and Felipe Anderson could “command significant transfer fees” next summer, while the Londoners could also face a battle to keep hold of centre-back Issa Diop.

Juve apparently made the 26-year-old Lanzini a target over the summer, before the schemer penned a new deal with the Hammers which ties him to the club until 2023, with an added two-year option.

Lanzini missed most of the 2018/19 campaign with a cruciate ligament injury, but he returned to get a pre-season under his belt and in patches this season he has shown the talent at his disposal.

He has made seven Premier League starts this term and grabbed three assists, though of late he has found himself on the bench with his form under scrutiny.

 

 

“I’m so happy to sign a new contract for West Ham,” said Lanzini in August.  “I think it’s the best decision for me.

“I’ve been here for a long time and I’ve said in an interview before that I like West Ham, I like the fans, I like the staff and when I came here all the people were comfortable with me. I like to stay here.

“It’s a big decision but also easy, because when you feel good in one club and you like the club and the club likes you, it’s easier to decide these things. For me, it was not difficult. It was easy, because I love it here.

“I love London, I love the club, I am happy here, we have a very good team, we have a very good manager and the club wants to change and to be in more competitions in the future and that’s good for us.”

According to Bleacher Report, the playmaker was seen as a potential replacement for Philippe Coutinho, when he left Liverpool in 2018.

Jurgen Klopp though decided against replacing the Brazilian and he is still to find an heir for Coutinho, who is now on loan with Bayern Munich.

Argentina international Lanzini joined West Ham from Abu Dhabi side Al-Jazira for £9.4m in 2015 and was rated in the £40million bracket in 2018.

 

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