Juventus appear to have reached an agreement with Atalanta for the transfer of highly-rated Swedish midfielder Dejan Kulusevski.
The 19-year-old has been on loan at Parma this season, impressing in his maiden campaign in Italy’s top flight.
He’s been linked with a move to a number of high profile clubs across Europe, with Manchester United and Inter among those who have been touted as a potential destination.
But prominent Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano – who is a reliable source of information for heavyweight transfers in Serie A – has announced that a ‘total agreement’ has been reached between Juventus and Atalanta over a deal that will be worth €35m plus add ons.
Kulusevski will now prepare for contract talks with La Vecchia Signora, with bitter rivals Inter – who were initially tipped as favourites to conclude a deal – seemingly out of the running.
Romano’s confirmation, via his usual Instagram method, also states that Manchester United were never really in the running for his signature, despite media speculation to the contrary. Were Kulusevski to move to Turin, he would provide additional competition for a Juventus midfield already brimming with talent.
Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira, Aaron Ramsey, Rodrigo Bentancur, Blaise Matuidi and Emre Can are just a small sample of the midfield options available to former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, who took charge of I Bianconeri in the summer.
It’s likely that German international Can, who hasn’t really settled since joining from Liverpool, will be departing the club in January, though an obvious destination is yet to emerge. United, again, have been tipped as a possible destination, but a return to the Bundesliga also wouldn’t be out of the question.
As for Kulusevski, he may well finish the season on loan with Parma – given the success he’s had there so far this season. Then again, he may be called upon to input fresh impetus into Juventus‘ stuttering defence of their Serie A title. Currently, Antonio Conte’s Inter top the table as they aim to held Juve’s eight-year domination of Italian football.