Juventus have targeted Eljero Elia, the speedy Dutch reserve winger, and the Serie A club was warned by Elia’s Hamburg side to up their 12 million dollar offer for the star.
Hamburg sporting director Bastian Reinhardt recently vented his frustrations with the Serie A side’s transfer offer:
Juventus have made a bid of €12 million. We don’t consider that to be a serious offer. If there is real interest in the player then a serious offer is required. Elia’s agent has informed us that Juventus and Wolfsburg have contacted him, but nothing has arrived from Wolfsburg. If we decide to sell Elia then we have to get the necessary funds in to buy two or three new players.
And landing Elia would be yet another big move by Juventus. And has any team in Serie A transformed as much this season? With Diego’s departure and Del Piero’s old age, Elia would be a welcome addition to a squad that lacked speed last season and needs to become younger. And the Dutchman appears to be at the top of the Italian side’s list and has replaced CSKA Moscow’s Milos Krasic as the ideal transfer winger.
And Elia is fairly unknown to most football fans, but the winger could be the burner Juventus lacks and playing alongside many great vets could be a valuable lesson for the young Dutchman. Also the twenty three year old has the ability to play out on the wing or possibly at the striker positions as well.
But Elia has only been with his German side for a single season and for a move to happen Juventus will have to bust open the bank. And the winger started 20 games for the German side last season and scored 5 goals along with 7 assists over the 2010 campaign.