Wednesday August 14 2019
Juve pair in Monaco talks

Juventus pair Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi are in talks to join Ligue 1 side Monaco.

Rugani looked to be all set for Roma, but Gazzetta dello Sport reports their offer of a loan with an option to buy has been gazumped by Monaco, who are ready to bring him in on a permanent basis.

Tuttosport adds the principality outfit are prepared to meet Juve’s asking price of around ‘€35m’ and would have ‘no problems’ agreeing personal terms.

However, the newspaper stresses part of Roma’s reluctance to push harder for the 25-year-old is because Coach Paulo Fonseca prefers Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren.

Corriere di Torino also speaks of ‘serious interest’ from Monaco, who are also negotiating Matuidi’s return to French football, as per La Gazzetta.

The midfielder should depart Turin before the transfer window closes after Sami Khedira proved his worth to new boss Maurizio Sarri.