Juventus are reportedly targeting Spurs’ Nabil Bentaleb as a replacement for the departing Paul Pogba, according to The Express.

After confirmation this week that Paul Pogba is set to have his Manchester United medical, for a record-breaking transfer fee, Juventus set their sights on Tottenham Hotspur and Algerian midfielder Nabil Bentaleb as his ‘replacement’, despite the signing of Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic for around £28m.

Bentaleb, who relished the chance in the Spurs first team two seasons ago alongside Ryan Mason, didn’t get a look in or around the first team for the Lilywhites last season, partly due to picking up several injuries which hindered him to build on what was an impressive full debut season in 2014/2015.

The Algerian is valued around £7.65M, but it would be highly likely that Tottenham would demand considerably more for the youngster, due to the age and potential he may possess in the future. Bentaleb, who has played 66 games for the club, has undoubted skill with the ball and is a player you would think Mauricio Pochettino would have in his plans.

It is unclear whether Juventus are to pursue their reported interest and make a formal bid, however, if that is the case it would be interesting to see if Nabil would feel like it is the right move for him. Juventus have a stacked midfield and it would seem challenging for the 21-year-old to get into the starting eleven. If so, it would be smarter for him to remain at the club for developmental reasons or perhaps seek for a move elsewhere.

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