Juventus Handed Crucial Boost in Pursuit of Italy International

Bologna defender Riccardo Calafiori has clear ideas for his future as he angles for a move to Juventus so he can reunite with Thiago Motta. As per Calciomercato, the Italy international has made his preference crystal clear amid talks the record-time Serie A winners see him as a long-term successor to exit-linked Gleison Bremer.

While Juventus are reportedly unwilling to go ‘all-out’ to sign Calafiori this summer, the player’s desire to ply his trade in Turin could change their minds. The 22-year-old is currently at Euro 2024 with Italy, seeking amends for an own goal in a 1-0 loss to Spain on Thursday. But once he gets back, he’ll discuss his future with Bologna.

Bologna CEO Claudio Fenucci is adamant the club doesn’t need to sell their prized asset. But the Rossoblu would listen to offers in excess of €25 million. Juventus have no intention of matching that figure. Yet, they devised a strategy to bypass Bologna’s asking price.

Juventus would use Moise Kean as a makeweight to unlock the deal. They’ve already offered the troubled forward to Atletico Madrid during negotiations to bring Alvaro Morata back to the Allianz Stadium for the third time. Banking on Joshua Zirkzee’s rumored departure, Cristiano Giuntoli believes Kean could be a perfect counterpart.

Timing is crucial. Juventus cannot afford to wait for Euro 2024 to end, considering Calafiori’s impressive showings for Italy could inflate the price. The Bianconeri must step up their pursuit of the ex-Basel center-back to avoid being blown out of the water by Bologna’s modified asking price.

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