Juventus are on the verge of completing a transfer for Schalke defender Benedikt Höwedes.
Initial reports from Bild in Germany suggested yesterday that Juve were in the lead to sign the international defender who also attracted interest from Liverpool.
Goal Italia, Corriere dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia all report that Juventus are in advanced negotiations and a deal could be in the offing very soon.
Juventus director Beppe Marotta all but confirmed that a deal is close when asked at the Champions League draw earlier today.
“We are looking at some defenders, as we will certainly intervene in that area before the end of the window” Marotta told reporters in Monaco.
“If we can find someone eclectic who can play both in the centre of defence and on the flank, that’d be better.
“Howedes? You are very intuitive. We won’t deny that we had contacts, Howedes represents an interesting profile, but we still have to work out contractual issues with him and with Schalke 04. He is an option, perhaps more than just a hypothesis.”