Italian newspaper Gazetta dello Sport has claimed that Juventus officials are in the UK, mixing business with holidays.
GdS claims that Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta, sporting director Fabio Paratici and manager Massimiliano Allegri have all used holidays in the UK to personally scout Tottenham Hotspur star Erik Lamela and Manchester United’s Juan Mata.
Lamela has enjoyed more game time under Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs this season, but that hasn’t stopped rumours continuing over whether he’ll be a Tottenham player beyond this month.
It seems extremely unlikely that Pochettino would allow one of his key attacking players to be axed in the middle of an important season, regardless of how many times the Juve trio watch him in action.
Mata has been a key player for Louis van Gaal at Manchester United and it’s equally difficult to see United parting ways with the Spaniard.
There are flaws in his game, but he’s proven to be one of the best Manchester United players in terms of controlling and protecting possession, as well as adding important goals from midfield.
Speculation started over Mata’s future because of the midfield van Gaal started the season with, but Mata is arguably the club’s most important creative threat at the moment.
Regardless of whether the Juve trio have used a trip to the UK to have a secret scout of players they’re interested in, it doesn’t make them any more likely to get their hands on the duo in question.