Juventus would appear to have accepted that Paul Pogba is destined to leave the club, and are in the process of lining up his successor.
The Guardian are this morning reporting that the Italian giants have lined up Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko as the prefect replacement for the departing French international – but face competition from Everton to land him.
After a stellar performance for France in the Euro 2016 final, Newcastle have attempted to receive maximum value for the 26-year-old (or indeed, to keep hold of him) and are thus demanding £35m, but the report suggests that Juve have not been deterred in the slightest by the prospect of having to spend that much on him.
Indeed, many Magpies fans were left scratching their heads at his performance against Portugal, mainly because it was the type of commanding performance they have rarely seen from Sissoko since his £1.7m move from Toulouse in 2013.
Sissoko has made no secret of his desire to leave St. James’ Park following the side’s relegation to the Championship, and would almost certainly welcome a move to Juventus.
Everton’s interest could present a complication for the Serie A champions but they would be confident that the prospect of Champions League football would be enough to lure the midfielder to the Juventus stadium.
In the meantime, Juventus are close to completing another signing. They have this morning confirmed that Croatian international winger Mark Pjaca is undergoing a medical at the club.
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The 21-year-old GNK Dinamo player is set to complete a €23m move to Italy – joining Miralem Pjanic, Medhi Benatia and Dani Alves at the club’s new acquisitions.