Andrea Pirlo at a press conference, (c) Juventus Twitter.

Juventus look to materialize their interest in Italian international

Juventus are looking to complete their first signing ahead of next summer in the shape of an Italian midfielder, in the next few weeks.

Juventus have had a rough season thus far and are heading towards a trophyless campaign. Having already been knocked out of the Champions League, they are against a significant trail in the Serie A and face Atalanta in the final of the Coppa Italia. The Bianconeri need some serious business in the transfer market, especially for the midfield and attack.

Manuel Locatelli has been linked with a move to Turin in recent weeks and the Italians are now preparing a formal offer for the midfielder, Goal has reported. The 23-year-old has risen to prominence for his exploits with Sassuolo in the ongoing campaign. Locatelli has been on the wish-lists of Manchester City and Real Madrid too, but Juve seem to be a step ahead of them.

Andrea Pirlo’s side has been made aware of a price tag worth 40 million euros which must be paid in order to land the 23-year-old. Juventus, however, are looking to sweeten the deal by easing the monetary worth of it by offering either of Gianluca Frabotta or Nicolo Fagiolo in a potential swap, considering Sassuolo’s interest in hiring domestic youngsters.

But whether Locatelli is the right man for them remains very much in question. While it is beyond any debate that Juventus need a midfield overhaul, they will be repeating their same mistake by signing the former Milan man. In the past, the club has either hired old players who eventually run out of their best while on lengthy contracts or youngsters who are unable to perform under pressure.

Despite a failing approach, the Old Lady’s stance in signing Locatelli is no different than their past transfers, when in fact there are several other proven players who could be available for a similar price.

Olympique Lyon star Houssem Aouar and Real Madrid maestro Isco are just a couple of names who come to mind that may make the difference for the Juve, especially in competitions like the Champions League which they are craving for. Do you think Locatelli is the right man for Juventus to sign this summer?