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Roma join Tottenham and Juventus in race for Premier League defender

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Roma have joined the race for Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

Vestergaard has been a hit at Southampton since signing from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2018. He made 42 appearances in his first two Premier League seasons, and has featured a further 24 times this campaign.

Vestergaard celebrates his goal against Brighton

The Denmark international is renowned for being a good reader of the game and strong in the air, standing tall at 6’6″. He is able to contribute at both ends of the pitch, netting three goals this season.

Vestergaard has caught the eye of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur both reportedly interested in his services. Tuttomercatoweb claims that Roma are also set to compete for his signature.

Roma could do with some additions in the centre-back position. Roger Ibanez and Marash Kumbulla are both set to return to their parent clubs at the end of the season, while Federico Fazio, Chris Smalling, and Juan Jesus will all be in their thirties in the summer.

Juventus have similar issues at the heart of defence. Giorgio Chiellini is 37 in August, while Leonardo Bonucci turns 34 next week. This leaves just Matthijs de Ligt and Merih Demiral, as well returning loanee Daniele Rugani.

The veteran pair are in their final years

Meanwhile, Tottenham will be hoping to tighten up the backline, having dropped several points from winning positions this term. The Lilywhites have scored the fourth most goals in the Premier League, but have only the joint-ninth best defensive record.

Vestergaard has just over one year remaining on his current contract. This leaves him potentially available on the cheap this summer.

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