Reports in Italy are heavily linking CSKA Moscow’s Aleksandr Golovin with a move to Juventus.
The 22-year-old midfielder is in Russia’s World Cup squad and poised to start the host nation’s tournament opener with Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
And both Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport believe the Old Lady are about to step up their efforts to sign the playmaker, who has also been linked with Arsenal and Monaco.
Golovin, described as ‘better than Miralem Pjanic,’ could be the subject of an official Juve bid this coming week.
According to Corriere, Golovin is held in high regard by new Italy Coach Roberto Mancini, who wanted to sign him for Zenit St Petersburg during his time in Russia.
This morning’s version of Tuttosport, meanwhile, contains quotes praising the midfielder’s ability from Massimo Carrera and Fabio Capello – two other Italian Coaches to have worked in Russia.
Golovin scored seven goals and claimed six assists in all competitions as CSKA finished second in this season’s Russian Premier League table.