Juventus sent their sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli and his assistant to watch Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg against Chelsea this week ahead of a potential move for the Denmark international in January.
Hojbjerg, 28, is high on the list of targets for the Italian giants as they look for a central midfielder with Paul Pogba currently suspended for a doping violation, while Nicolo Fagioli is serving a ban for breaching betting rules.
During the transfer window, Hojbjerg was wanted at Fulham while there were doubts over the future of João Palhinha, who eventually stayed at Craven Cottage and signed a new contract. He was, as reported by Telegraph Sport, also under consideration at Manchester United in their search for a defensive midfielder but they ended up signing Sofyan Amrabat.
Hojbjerg came on at half-time for Spurs in their thrilling defeat by Chelsea on Monday evening, with the former Southampton midfielder replacing James Maddison. He has only started one Premier League game this season, with Ange Postecoglou using the partnership of Yves Bissouma and Pape Sarr in central midfield.
Given his lack of starts – he has also been picked in one EFL Cup match – Hojbjerg is expected to attract interest when the January transfer window opens. He has one full season left on his Spurs contract and bidding during the summer was expected at the £25 million mark.
He is in his fourth season at Spurs, having been signed by Jose Mourinho in a £15 million deal after he established himself at Southampton during the previous four years. A regular under Mourinho and Antonio Conte, he was a key member of the squad that qualified for the Champions League during his time at the club.
Giuntoli, the Juventus sporting director, was at Spurs’ stadium on Monday night along with his assistant Giovanni Manna. Giuntoli joined Juventus after helping Napoli win the title last season.