Spanish daily AS are reporting that Juventus have made Atletico Madrid captain Maxi Rodriguez their number one target for the January transfer window, with strong competition from compatriot Cristian Ledesma of Lazio. The 28-year-old former Espanyol man has always been highly rated but a move from Atletico has never materialised. Their poor form this season could lead to a lot of departures and Maxi is expected to be one of them.
Juventus know that a midfielder should be a priority in January as right winger Mauro Camoranesi is out injured and central midfielder Momo Sissoko will be going to the African Cup of Nations. Maxi, who can play on either the right or central midfield and excels in attacking ability, is established at the top level and on the international stage and the Bianconeri believe him to be the perfect man to replace the missing duo.
Maxi is not enjoying his best year with Atletico as the club are struggling, but he did score 4 goals in one game in the Copa del Rey earlier this season. He averages around 10 goals a season as well as creating lots of chances for his teammates due to being in possession of a great eye for a pass or cross. He is the exact kind of attacking midfielder Juve could do with as Diego has flattered to deceive to date.
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