Juventus could see their bid for Giuseppe Rossi hijacked by Atletico Madrid, according to Spanish reports.
The Bianconeri have been in negotiations with Villarreal for some time and looked to be closing in on an agreement worth €25m plus performance-related bonuses.
However, a meeting with his agent Federico Pastorello on Friday did not lead to the expected push forward.
According to Spanish newspaper As, that is because Atletico Madrid have burst on to the scene with their own offer for Rossi.
Atletico see Italy international Rossi as the ideal replacement for Sergio ‘Kun' Aguero, who is heading to Manchester City.
Curiously, Aguero was Juve's first choice before his price-tag sent them towards Rossi instead.
With the cash raised from Aguero's sale to Manchester City, Atletico Madrid could meet Villarreal's demands of €30m cash up front for Rossi.