Who is Barcelona and Manchester City target Rodrigo Bentancur?

TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 06: Juventus player Rodrigo Bentancur during the Serie A match between Juventus and AC Milan on April 6, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Badolato - Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

Box to box midfielders are a manager’s dream. Having a player able to run tirelessly for 90 minutes, put in last ditch tackles and score crucial goals makes life so easy. But because of how rare they are and with the high demand, they come at a price. Simple supply and demand Economics. Rodrigo Bentancur would be no exception to this rule, especially with a bidding war for his signature.

According to the Daily Mail, the Juventus midfielder is subject of interest from Manchester City and more prominently Barcelona. The 22 year-old currently plies his trade for Italian champions Juventus, but has only made three starts this season due to the sheer quality the Bianconeri hold in the middle of the pitch.

Despite being born and raised in Uruguay, Rodrigo Bentancur moved to Boca Juniors’ youth set up at the age of 12. Fifty first team appearances later and he was snapped up by Juve. Steely and tenacious, it was his ability to go through challenges with ease, but also act as a deep-lying playmaker, that made him so enjoyable to watch. An all around central midfielder with remarkable quality.

The range of passing is incredible.

His lack of game time at Juventus, however, means that a move could be on the cards if he is to hold down a spot in the Uruguay national team. Averaging one key pass as well as 1.6 tackles per game (WhoScored) epitomises the box-to-box nature of Bentancur. A player in demand.

For Barcelona, he would be a more mobile version of the ageing Arturo Vidal; a player not afraid to put a challenge in, particularly in tough European ties. Manchester City would see him, similar to Rodri, as a Fernandinho replacement. Pep Guardiola is determined to not lose that edge in midfield.

His proficiency in Champions League games and the World Cup means that whether it’s Barcelona or Manchester City who get his signature, they will receive a young, talented player with big stage experience. Harder to come by than you’d think.

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