Radja Nainggolan claims he has already agreed personal terms with Juventus, but the proposed move now depends on Cagliari.
The Old Lady initially targeted the midfielder in January, but their interest is still strong as they look to reinforce the side for next season’s Champions League.
“There is already a signed agreement with Juventus,” he told La Derniere Heure. “My agent showed it to me on Monday.
“Everything is ready, but there are two things that could scupper the deal – the interest of other clubs and the cost of my transfer.”
The Belgian international has been heavily linked with outfits in Russia, but he insists that he’d rather continue playing his football in Serie A.
“Zenit are an interested team, but I won’t sign anything until the end of August to keep my Italian options open.
“Money is not everything, I’m 24 now and I want to take a forward step in my career. In principle, I want to remain in Italy.
“Things would change if Inter were interested, while Milan are changing a lot and Napoli are a great club. These are all sides that have asked for information.
“However, Juventus and another club are the ones who are most concrete right now.”
Cagliari’s asking price was one of the reasons why Juventus looked elsewhere at the start of the year and he still won't come cheap.
“I think I’m valued at close to €15m, but Italian clubs would rather sign a Brazilian player for half of that amount…”
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's World Cup tipster competition - £10,000 to be won!