Juventus are reportedly cooling their interest in Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi. Despite being a prominent transfer target for the Bianocneri this summer, Premium Sports claims that the Spanish club's price tag of €40 million is too steep. That's the price inserted in N'Zonzi's contract as a release clause, and Sevilla are determined not to receive a penny less for their influential midfielder.
Juve are believed to be balking at paying that much money for the 28-year-old, and could turn their attentions towards other targets. Football Italia believe the Champions League finalists will renew their interest in PSG's Blaise Matuidi, who almost swapped Paris for Turin last summer before the move fell through.
Another stumbling block to any move for N'Zonzi is his reported wage demands. He's thought to be seeking €7m per season, which Juve are reluctant to fork out.
If these reports are true, it leaves Juve without their top central midfield target. News of Liverpool's willingness to hold onto Emre Can is another blow, as Beppe Marotta and co. look to improve on a squad that went so close to a historic treble last season.
Matuidi would be a good signing, as he would battle with Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic, Claudio Marchisio and Tomas Rincon for a regular starting place in Max Allegri's two man midfield. The depth in that area would suddenly improve ten fold if one of the players mentioned above join the ranks this summer.
It's been a busy transfer market already for the board. A move for Douglas Costa of Bayern Munich looked to have been signed, sealed and delivered before that fell at the final hurdle. Patrik Schick IS joining though, while fullbacks Alex Sandro & Dani Alves face uncertain futures. It's never boring for a Juve fan during these times, and this summer is proving that yet again.