Juventus see PSG’s Leandro Paredes as the final piece of their summer transfer business and want him to line up alongside Paul Pogba and Manuel Locatelli in midfield next season… but they’ll have to double their initial £13m offer to get him
- Juventus will need to sell someone this summer as they improve their midfield
- The Italian club wants to bring in Leando Paredes, but PSG want £26m for him
- Paredes will be keen for regular playtime as he looks ahead to the World Cup
- The Argentinian midfielder played just 15 league games for PSG last season
Juventus are looking to rebuild their midfield ahead of next season.
Massimiliano Allegri is likely to loan out 20-year-old Nicolo Rovella following an offer from Salernitana, and will be looking to sell one of Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot or Arthur Melo.
If none of them leave, it will be hard for the Turin club to sign high-earner Leandro Paredes from PSG, as they are unlikely to be able to afford his wages.
According to reports in Tuttosport, Paredes is the last piece of the puzzle for Allegri as he looks to place the Argentine international in the centre of a midfield three, flanked by Paul Pogba and Manuel Locatelli.
Leandro Paredes could be headed to Juventus if they are willing to double their £13m offer
The move will not be straightforward though, as SportMediaset claim that PSG are asking for double Juventus’s initial £13m offer for the midfielder.
They also reported that Paredes is willing to leave the French champions after missing two of the club’s recent pre-season games in Japan.
PAREDES WOULD BE PERFECT FOR JUVENTUS
Jorginho looks set to stay at Chelsea for the moment, meaning that Paredes is the best option for Juventus to bring in to their midfield.
At 28, he is at the height of his football maturity and will be hoping to carve out a key role for himself at a big club.
The Argentinian star will be desperate for regular playtime as he keeps one eye on this winter’s World cup in Qatar. He appeared just 15 times in the league for PSG last season in a squad packed with midfielders.
Paredes is under contract until June 2024 but is unlikely to stay Parc des Princes beyond the end of this summer.
He has the potential to be a key player for the Old Lady, and knows Serie A will after forging his reputation with spells at Empoli, Roma and Cheivo.
Juventus could finally be the club that gives Paredes a leading role after four seasons as the 12th man in Paris.
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