Juventus are hoping to beat Manchester United and Arsenal to key midfield target Aleksandr Golovin by closing a deal as soon as possible.
Inside Futbol reports that the Serie A champions are worried that Golovin’s form at the World Cup for host nation Russia could spark a bidding war, so they want to sign him early.
Golovin’s current club CSKA Moscow want €25m for the 22-year-old, and Juventus have already been negotiating with them over the price.
The Turin giants would rather pay closer to €18m for his services, with a sell-on clause included to give the Russian club a percentage of any future transfer fee.
According to Italian paper Il Sole 24 Ore, Juventus do not want to get involved in an auction for the player whereby that price could rise, so are trying to conclude negotiations quickly.
Manchester United and Arsenal are also on Golovin’s trail, as both clubs look to strengthen their midfield options. The player’s father recently gave the Premier League duo a boost by confirming via Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that his son is already learning English.
Golovin scored a brilliant free kick in the World Cup’s first game last week, as Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0, and further impressive performances could see his stock rise even further.