KEY POINTS

  • Juventus is reportedly looking for a new striker to pair with Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Juventus could pursue Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik rather than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  • Maurizio Sarri is aware that Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala need to rest at some point

Juventus are reportedly considering another striker to pair up with Crisitiano Ronaldo.

Despite managing to bounce back from a rusty start after the lockdown, Serie A giants Juventus seemed worried about Ronaldo’s situation. At 35, Ronaldo can still strike at any given time. However, reports from Italy claim that the Old Lady is now looking for another striker to team up with the Portuguese star. 

According to Express, Italian sources claimed that Juventus is considering Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik as Ronaldo’s attacking partner next season. The Old Lady is reportedly planning to strengthen its attacking force by capitalizing on a transfer window deal this summer. However, Milik will not come cheap.

After Juve missed out on Paris Saint-Germain star Mauro Icardi, the Italian side reportedly considered Milik as an alternative. The Polish striker’s current deal with Napoli expires in 2021, and reports claimed that he has opted not to sign a new contract. With this assumption, Napoli would prefer to cash in on Milik’s transfer this summer rather than lose him next year for nothing. The club is reportedly expecting to receive offers no less than €50 million ($55.6 million).

Sources claimed that Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also being considered by Juventus. However, the club is expected to pursue Milik rather than the 2019 Golden Boot winner.

Milik has already scored 25 goals across all competitions for Napoli, 13 more than Paulo Dybala and 17 more than Gonzalo Higuain.

One's a crowd: the stands were empty but Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo drew a TV audience of more than 8 million when they returned to action in the Italian cup One's a crowd: the stands were empty but Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo drew a TV audience of more than 8 million when they returned to action in the Italian cup Photo: AFP / Miguel MEDINA

Amid the Milik transfer talks, Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri remains positive about a Ronaldo and Dybala team-up. In a recent press conference, Sarri said the pair can start against Genoa, but they will be looking to avoid any problems moving forward, Yahoo Sports reported.

Ronaldo has played every minute of their four games since the coronavirus-enforced break, while Dybala has started each match. Sarri plans to prolong the lengthy playing time of both players but is also aware that the star duo will need to rest at some point.

"It's likely that they can start again [against Genoa]. It's clear that if they play every game, in two or three matches we may have a problem, but I don't think there is any risk for them to suffer some sort of fatigue right now,” Sarri said.

"In the long run though we need to have [Gonzalo] Higuain fit and able to play a large part of the game, this will become essential at some point,” he added.

Juventus currently holds a four-point lead over everybody in Serie A and still have 10 remaining games to play this season.