Juventus have made contact with prolific free agent Edinson Cavani as their search for a new striker this summer takes another twist, according to reports.
The Turin giants also targeted Barcelona frontman Luis Suarez and Roma ace Edin Dzeko but have struggled to haul either deal over the line.
Sky Sports Italia claim that Juventus may now move for former Paris Saint-Germain star Cavani, who allowed his contract in the French capital to expire at the end of the campaign.
After the surprising arrival of Andrea Pirlo as Juventus’ new head coach, the club have tried desperately to strengthen their frontline before the new Serie A campaign begins.
A swoop for Cavani may prove a shrewd, but ultimately short-term, addition. He had been close to moving to Benfica, but the deal reportedly collapsed due to the experienced hitman’s wage demands.
It has been suggested that the Uruguay international wanted a three-year deal worth a hefty £8.8million per season.
But Juventus have not been deterred in their bid to add some more experience to their ranks. Cavani, just like Suarez, is also 33 years of age and boasted a formidable scoring record in Ligue 1.
The same report highlights that while Suarez would need to negotiate his exit from Barcelona and get an EU passport to not occupy a slot in Juventus’ squad, Cavani already holds an Italian passport.
Suarez is understood to have agreed to join Juventus and is gradually nearing the exit door. He must still finalise his payoff though, and will be able to move to Turin as either a free agent or for a small nominal transfer fee.
In the event that any move for Suarez falls through, then Cavani may become the back-up option. Juventus may yet be left frustrated again, however.
Reports in Brazil have touted Cavani to move to Gremio – meaning the Italian outfit may still be active in the market as it edges closer to the deadline.
It is also believed that Dzeko is not convinced by the prospect of leaving Roma over the coming weeks, with both Juventus and Inter Milan said to be interested.
Cavani may still reject Juventus’ advances due to his connection with league rivals Napoli.
He netted 104 goals in 138 matches during his spell in Naples between 2010 and 2013, and also helped the club lift the Coppa Italia during his first season.
This loyalty and affection for his former club may scupper any move to the Allianz Stadium.
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