Talented Nigeria international Victor Boniface is currently making waves in the Bundesliga for Xabi Alonso's Bayer Leverkusen side.
The 22-year-old has started the season in scintillating form, having scored six goals in his first five games after arriving from Belgian side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise last summer.
The player has improved his performances for his club since then and has contributed 11 goals and six assists in 16 games across all competitions this season.
Boniface's brilliant performances did not go unnoticed; his value is on the rise and he has won three consecutive Bundesliga Rookie Of The Month awards since he arrived in the league.
22-year-old Victor Boniface joined Bayer Leverkusen from Union Saint-Gilloise for €20.5 million in July 🇳🇬
He has 11 goals and six assists in 16 games in all competitions this season, and he has won three consecutive Bundesliga Rookie of the Month awards 🏆
Baller 🔥 pic.twitter.com/gs7mmD3sGX
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 14, 2023
This scintillating form has garnered interest from the Premier League and other big leagues as various clubs have thrown their weight into monitoring his progress for a potential bidding war in the summer.
Victor Boniface: A possible replacement for Dusan Vlahovic
According to a post from JuvePoland on X, Cristiano Ronaldo's former club Juventus
will be keen to acquire the services of the Nigerian sensation should Serbian striker Vlahovic decide to leave the Turin giants next summer.
“Victor Boniface could replace Dusan Vlahovic if he leaves Juventus in the summer,” the post read.
It added that the club's Sporting Director admires the player, who has caught the eyes of many.
“Cristiano Giuntoli likes the 22-year-old Bayer Leverkusen striker very much,” it continued.
Victor Boniface mógłby zastąpić Dusana Vlahovicia, jeżeli ten w lecie odszedłby z Juventusu. 22-letni napastnik Bayeru Leverkusen bardzo podoba się Cristiano Giuntolemu. [Di Marzio] pic.twitter.com/4QzQVarU52
— JuvePoland (@JuvePoland) November 21, 2023
Boniface is currently enjoying his stay in Germany and is fully focused on helping his team achieve their goals this campaign.
The player has not indicated any interest in joining the Bianconeri, but a move away from the BayArena is a possibility as bigger clubs continue to show interest in his services.
Juventus could bid for Boniface as Arsenal attempts to lure Vlahovic to the Emirates
Vlahovic is attracting the attention of Arsenal again, but the Juventus striker could cost Mikel Arteta's side £50 million for a switch to England.
The Gunners, who have been linked with Brentford striker Ivan Toney, are now said to be prioritizing the Serbian talisman Vlahovic.
The Sun reported: “Arsenal were linked to Vlahovic in the summer, and last January, having missed out on the chance to sign him when he opted to join Juventus almost two years ago.”
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) November 19, 2023
Juventus to face stiff opposition for Victor Boniface
The Italian giants have joined the array of clubs interested in acquiring the services of the 22-year-old Nigerian.
Massimiliano Allegri's side will, however, face serious competition from several clubs who have also shown interest in the player.
Teams like West Ham, Real Sociedad, Sevilla, Lazio, Atletico de Madrid, and Borussia Dortmund have closely monitored his progress and believe he has the potential to boost their forward ranks significantly.
There's also this possibility that Boniface could move to Real Madrid next summer should the Spanish giants appoint Alonso as their new coach.
A report from the Juventus website in September read:
“Victor Boniface has been one of the best new signings in Europe this season and he is just starting, so we expect to hear about him even more before the campaign ends.
“We need another explosive attacker to support Federico Chiesa and Dusan Vlahovic, but Boniface must agree to be a possible bench warmer when he first arrives.”
At the end of the season, Victor Boniface and his representatives will assess the best possible option for a move away from the BayArena.
One thing is for sure, the player won't be signing for a team where he won't regularly start when he's fit.
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