Juventus have completed the signing of Liverpool target Benedikt Howedes from Schalke on a one-year loan with a view to a permanent deal.
Howedes, 29, has been mentioned as a target for Jurgen Klopp this summer as their pursuit of Virgil van Dijk continues to stall.
DW Sports claimed earlier this month that the World Cup winner could be available for as little as £18million this summer, something that Jurgen Klopp has taken notice of.
Howedes was removed from his captaincy role by new boss Domenico Tedesco and was benched for Schalke’s season opener against RB Leipzig.
German outlet in Bild stated that the German was going to make a move out of Schalke and that has now proved correct with Juve snapping up the Germany international.
He departs Schalke having been one of the longest-serving players in the Bundesliga, joining the club from SG Herten-Langenbochum as a 13-year-old in 2001.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 30, 2017
There had been plenty interest from clubs all over Europe with Howedes focused on a move away from Gelsenkirchen.
“It is clear that I received inquiries from other clubs,” he told Funke media group earlier this summer. “It is the nature that my advisor checks and answers.
“I’ve always said that I would exclude a change within the league, but I can imagine a transfer outside the country. But the time for that, as of today, has not arrived.”