During the summer, Lille centre-back Simon Kjaer was linked with a move to Old Trafford in order to strengthen the Manchester United defence. However, with Lille not in the ideal place to sell one of their prize assets and Kjaer happy in Ligue 1, it was best for all parties if he stayed in France for another season.
With the January window close to opening, the rumours are beginning to surface again, linking the Danish international with a move away from France. Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport have linked Serie A leaders Juventus with a move for the 25-year-old defender.
Massimo Allegri has recently moved away from three at the back to a back four and experts in the Italian game think it is unlikely that they would move for a centre-back in January, but with an ongoing injury to 34-year-old Andrea Barzagli, it could be an option in the summer.
That would suit Lille more, unwilling to part with one of their best players at this stage in the season. Any move in the summer would also see interest from the Premier League reignited.
Kjaer signed for Lille last summer for less than €2 million and he was an absolute revelation at the French club. Lille recorded 21 clean sheets and held one of the tightest defences in any of the top leagues in Europe.
The Danish international had spent most of his career being labelled a star of the future, high profile moves to Wolfsburg in Germany and Palermo in Italy failed to get the best out of the centre-back and it was Lille that pounced to take advantage of the defenders drop out of the spotlight.
Beside the experienced Montenegrin defender Marko Basa, Kjaer struck up a superb partnership with the former Le Mans defender and they went on to dominate Ligue 1.
This season Kjaer’s form has continued and despite Lille’s poor results, the Dane has been one of the better players. The player is happy to finish the season at the French club, but a move this summer is very possible.
Lille would be looking for around €10 million for a defender that has been key in their strong defensive performances. There is no doubt he is good enough to play for either Manchester United or Juventus, and the list of suitors will likely increase if the centre-back was to become available in the summer.