Add another name to the hat of potential Juventus transfer targets.
Yeah, there's still things happening in Italy even though the Azzurri are currently preparing for Costa Rica in Brazil.
Juventus is monitoring the transfer market to find new reinforcements for Antonio Conte. They are targeting Hellas Verona's Juan Manuel Iturbe and Romulo. The sporting director Sogliano attended Juventus' meeting with Sassuolo and set the price for the Argentinian winger: €30M plus add-ons. Juventus isn't interested at these conditions. They can offer at max €15M and give some players in exchange. The negotiation is difficult and has been postponed until the resolution of the co ownerships.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
Forget the chatter about Romulo for a second because, as Di Marzio points out, he's not exactly high on the Juventus priority list right now. The main focus of all of this is the 21-year-old Iturbe, who scored eight goals in 33 games (29 starts) last season.
If you had to choose, would you roll out around €30 million for somebody like Alexis Sánchez? Or would you throw the same amount of money in Hellas Verona's direction to make sure Juventus sign Iturbe?
It's hard to say, really. Sánchez seems as though he's been Juve's top transfer target since the summer ended. If not, then the Italian press has us fooled. The problem, of course, is that Verona are looking to make serious cash off of Iturbe's services after they bought him outright from Porto earlier this summer. There is talk of Verona being interested in a few Juventus players — Fabio Quagliarella and Federico Peluso being among the names mentioned.
Either way, Juventus seem to be adding options to their list of attackers they can try and bring in this summer. And while a good number of us would like to see Sánchez return to Italy in the next month or two, it's at least a positive step that they aren't going all in on Sánchez just quite yet. There's plenty of time to negotiate and squabble about who's signing where and for how much money this summer.
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