Ralph Hasenhuttl’s hopes of keeping Jannik Vestergaard at Southampton beyond this summer look to have suffered a fresh blow, with Juventus the latest side to register an interest in the Danish international.
According to Italian news outlet Tutto Mercato Web, Juventus have joined Tottenham Hotspur and Roma in the race for the 28-year-old this summer, after his impressive performances for the Saints so far this season.
After a shaky start to his career on the South Coast, the six-foot-six defender has established himself as a key figure in Hasenhuttl’s side so far this season, making 24 appearances in the Premier League and scoring three times, which has helped him average an impressive 7.04 rating for his performances.
This is enough to rank him as Southampton’s second-best performer in the top-flight so far this season, with James Ward-Prowse only just edging him out at the top, so it would undoubtedly be a massive blow for Hasenhuttl to lose him this summer.
However, the Dane’s contract is set to expire at the end of next season, so an exit this summer is looking increasingly likely, especially when you consider the quality of sides that are showing an interest in him.
His solid performances with Denmark in recent seasons will also undoubtedly be a factor in why top clubs are looking at him, and Danish head coach Kasper Hjulmand was full of praise for him earlier in the season, saying:
“It’s a pleasure to see Jannik. I also took him with me right from the start because I think he has great potential. I had a good talk with him in the Spring, and my feeling was that he would get a good position in Southampton, and he has taken it.”
If Vestergaard can impress at the European Championships this summer then it seems likely that he will attract even more interest, and given Southampton’s shocking second half of the season, it is, unfortunately, difficult to see him wanting to stay at St Mary’s.