Juventus have reportedly made an opening bid to try and lure Manchester United and Arsenal target Blaise Matuidi to Serie A.
The Italian champions are looking to strengthen in central midfield and Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi had been their main target before the Spanish outfit insisted that he would not be sold for less than his €40million release clause.
That has seen Juve turn their attentions to Matuidi, whose contract runs out next summer with new talks yet to get underway over a new deal.
The 30-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United, where he would link up with France international team-mate Paul Pogba, while Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is also looking to bring in a top quality holding player at the base of his midfield. Inter Milan are also said to have shown an interest.
However, according to L’Equipe it is Juve who have acted first in a bid to snare the experienced campaigner although there could be a slight issue on the horizon.
Juve have asked super agent Mino Raiola to get the deal done as the two clubs are not on good terms following Kingsley Coman’s move from Paris to Turin on a free transfer in the summer of 2014.