Goal.com's Stefan Coerts believes that PSV winger Balazs Dzsudzsak is ready for the next step in his career and could the answer to the problems Juventus and Liverpool have on the left wing.
Dzsudzsak didn't need long to make an impact though as he quickly developed into an important first team member at the club. The left footer made his official PSV debut in the 1-0 win over Feyenoord in January 2008 and eventually netted three goals in 17 Eredivisie appearances to help his side to the Dutch title in his first season in the Netherlands.
From there on, the Hungary international has become integral for PSV, scoring 42 goals in 107 Eredivisie appearances to date, and has been one of the most efficient players around in the Dutch league in recent years.
The Debrecen native has become a star name at Philips Stadium this year and aside from scoring 14 goals and giving 12 assists in the Eredivisie, Dzsudzsak has also been PSV's standout player in the Europa League.
Dzsudzsak | not afraid to take on an opponent
His good performances have not gone unnoticed elsewhere and he has been linked with clubs such as Atletico Madrid, Lille, Juventus and Liverpool in the past couple of months. A January transfer seemed to be on the cards for Dzsudzsak, but he instead decided to sign a contract extension until the summer of 2015.
Dzsudzsak's contract renewal hasn't scared off potential suitors though as Liverpool and Juventus in particular are still closely monitoring his performances. Both sides are desperate to add a new left midfielder to their squad in the summer transfer window and the PSV star looks like the perfect candidate.
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Juventus have used Jorge Martinez, Claudio Marchisio and Simone Pepe in the left midfield position in the past couple of weeks, but none of the aforementioned players has suitably impressed. This has made la Vecchia Signora a very one-sided team this season with Serbia international Milos Krasic as his side's only player with the abilities to create something down the wing.
The club's technical staff has also identified this problem and the capture of a left winger is Juventus' primary objective this summer. Aside from Dzsudzsak, the Serie A side are also keeping tabs on Hamburg's Eljero Elia and Olympique Lyonnais star Michel Bastos. The former is right footed and prefers to cut inside, while the latter seems to be too expensive for Juventus.
Dzsudzsak on the other hand would be the perfect partner for Krasic down the wings because of his tendency to stay out wide and try and take on an opponent before sending in a cross. Additionally, the Hungary star could be available for the relatively low price of €15 million.
|Position: Left winger
Date of Birth: 23 Dec 1986 (24)
Place of Birth: Debrecen, Hungary
The situation at Liverpool is pretty similar to the one at Juventus. The Reds have tried Joe Cole, Milan Jovanovic, Fabio Aurelio and Maxi Rodriguez on the left in recent weeks, but manager Kenny Dalglish considers none of those as a shoo-in for a starting berth.
Therefore, Liverpool are expected to make a move for a left winger in the summer transfer window. They have not only been linked with Dzsudzsak in recent weeks, but also with Aston Villa attacker Ashley Young. However, the England international won't be available on the cheap and Liverpool are unlikely to pay over €25 million again after this winter's spending spree, making Dzsudzsak their top target.
Dzsudzsak himself recently declared that he wasn't interested in leaving PSV during the winter transfer window as he was not done learning yet in Holland. Nevertheless, he might be underestimating himself. The 24-year-old is not getting any serious opposition in the Eredivisie and needs to move on if he's to continue developing into a better player. Dzsudzsak has all the right attributes to succeed in a bigger league and he would become a starter at either Juventus or Liverpool.
Even though Dzsudzsak has only just signed a new deal without a minimum fee release clause, there's little doubt that PSV would allow him to move on if the price is right. Sporting director Marcel Brands has verbally agreed not to frustrate a potential move to England, Germany, Italy or Spain and it's very much likely that the Eredivisie will lose its third star player in the space of six months after the departures of Ibrahim Afellay to Barcelona and Luis Suarez to Liverpool.
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