Juve to swap Amauri for Kjaer

Posted on 17/03/2010


Juventus are apparently giving serious thought to swapping Amauri for Palermo’s promising young centre-back Simon Kjaer.

The Bianconeri are in a phase of reconstruction after a disappointing season and they want to start building from the back.

Fabio Cannavaro is likely to retire at the end of the season and rather than bring in another veteran, Juventus are keen to rejuvenate their ageing squad.

Kjaer has made 53 appearances for Palermo in his first two seasons in Italy and the 20-year-old Denmark international is widely regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Europe.

He is set to go to the World Cup in South Africa this summer, which will put him even more in the shop window.

Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United are reportedly interested, making it imperative that Juventus move quickly.

Il Corriere dello Sport understands the Bianconeri feel that Palermo could be tempted into taking Amauri back as collateral for Kjaer.

The Brazilian centre-forward, who spent two very successful seasons with the Rosanero, has found it tough in Turin over the last year.

Juventus have apparently already spoken to Kjaer’s agent about the prospect of doing a deal.

Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini has also said that he would welcome Amauri back to the Renzo Barbera.

Getting rid of the 29-year-old would kill two birds with one stone for Juventus, as they would not only get a highly rated centre-back, but a space would be freed up in the squad for another striker.

The Bianconeri’s vice-general manager Roberto Bettega is very keen on Sampdoria’s Giampaolo Pazzini and a bid for his services this summer appears to be on the cards. 

Source: Football-Italia