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Juventus join Chelsea in the race for the next Yaya Toure

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Juventus join the race to sign the versatile Palmeiras midfielder Gabriel Menino. Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are also in the queue to sign the Brazilian midfielder.

The Bianconeri decided to inject a few young bloods into the squad after a disastrous campaign. They were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League in the Round of 16. And to make matters worse they’re 3rd in Serie A, 10 points behind the leaders Inter Milan.

Chelsea want to strengthen their midfield and they want to have another option in there as new manager Thomas Tuchel has a summer to mould the team into his vision. Gabriel is a versatile midfielder as he plays the box-to-box and defensive midfielder role, which seems to interest The Blues.

Menino was a fundamental part of Palmeiras‘ side last season. He made 27 league appearances between August last year and February, and 54 appearances across all competitions. 

His most notable contribution was scoring one of his four goals of the campaign in this month’s 2-0 win against Gremio in the Copa do Brasil final as the club won the cup for the fourth time in their history.

Will Menino end up at Juventus?

The Bianconeri want the box-to-box midfielder but they’ll have to battle with Atletico Madrid and Chelsea. The report claims Menino has a €60 million release clause in his contract. However, due to the pandemic, Palmeiras would be willing to let him leave for just €20 million.

‘He(Menino) marked well like he does now, and he was strong for his age but not very tall. He got promoted to a higher age group and trained most of the year. Gabriel played 10 games but was on the bench most of the time. We talked a lot, and I made him watch videos of Yaya Toure.’ – Nabinger told about his first encounter with Gabriel.

Gabriel Menino will probably end up at one of these big European clubs by next season. However, it is yet to be seen which club he joins.

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