Salvatore Bocchetti is interested by Juventus’ tentative negotiations to bring him back to Italy, according to reports.
The centre-back has been based in Russia with Rubin Kazan for the past two years but is reportedly ready to come back to his homeland, and Juve are his prime destination.
The 25-year-old’s contract ends next year so his desire to move could force Rubin into sanctioning a sale this summer in order to recoup some of the €15m they paid Genoa.
“In the past few days, there has been contact between Rubin Kazan and Juventus for Bocchetti,” journalist and transfer market specialist Alfredo Pedulla claimed to Tuttomercatoweb.com.
“A new direction, perhaps a crucial one, could be sealed within weeks. Bocchetti wants to return to Italy and his contract ends in 2013 so Juve intrigue him greatly.”
Pedulla does not think that Antonio Conte’s team will use the unwanted Reto Ziegler as a bargaining chip but acknowledges that if Bocchetti is too difficult to sign, they could turn their attention to Atalanta’s Federico Peluso.
“The Bocchetti deal can be done without the inclusion of Ziegler,” Pedulla speculated.
“Juve are also thinking of Peluso but this transfer would require a bigger investment.”