It could be a decisive week for Juventus as they search for a new striker from a list that includes Gonzalo Higuain, Marko Pjaca and Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa.

The Bianconeri have already made a number additions to the squad, the latest being on-loan Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia, who joins Dani Alves and Miralem Pjanic as part of Juve’s impressive summer mercato.

Next up, Juve are reportedly in the running for a striker to replace Alvaro Morata who opted to return to Real Madrid earlier this month – The most prominent name on the list is Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain who is rumoured to be looking for a new club, having confirmed through his agent that he won’t be signing a new deal with the Partenopei.

News broke last week that Juve were actively pursuing the striker, initially preparing a bid which included a number of players as part of the deal. After it was suggested that Napoli would be unlikely to accept any such deal, Sky Sport Italia revealed that Higuain’s release clause (set at €94m) could be paid over two years, something Juve were more than prepared to do in order to bring the striker to Turin.

Monday may prove decisive as Aurelio De Laurentiis is scheduled to meet with Beppe Marotta to discuss a transfer for Roberto Pereyra, however the meeting could be used to present an offer for Higuain. We can hope for an announcement from Marotta and/or De Laurentiis later this afternoon….

Juve are also expected to complete a deal for Croatian winger Marko Pjaca this week, having agreed terms with the player and a transfer fee of €22m with Dinamo Zagreb. RAI report this morning that the deal is complete and the payment will be spread over two years. Pjaca posted an emotional message to Dinamo fans last night, interpreted by some as a farewell, where he wrote: “There’s nothing better. Thank you all for what you gave me tonight, it was a moment I will remember forever.”

His agent all but confirmed the move in a  statement earlier this week, claiming “Pjaca is close to joining Juventus, but I cannot say anything more until he has actually signed. I think negotiations will be concluded next week.”

Last of all, Juve may still be in the hunt for talented Brazilian star Gabigol, despite interest from Barcelona and Chelsea. The player confirmed his departure from Santos yesterday, scoring in a 3-1 victory over Ponte Preta and declaring post-match: “I played as if it was my last game. Soon you will know something on my future.”

According to various outlets in Brazil, Juventus have made an offer of €20m and are expecting to get a final answer from Santos this week.