Sunday August 5 2012
Juve eye Astori for Bonucci

With Leonardo Bonucci facing a potential ban of three-and-a-half years, Juventus are targeting Cagliari defender Davide Astori.

Bonucci was in court yesterday to fight the charges of sporting fraud, which could see him suspended for three years and six months if found guilty.

A verdict is expected between Wednesday and Friday, but in the meantime he has gone with the squad to Beijing for the Italian Super Cup against Napoli on Saturday.

According to Tuttosport, the Bianconeri are preparing for the worst and therefore beginning talks with Cagliari for his replacement.

The target is fellow Italian international Astori, who had already been very close to Milan this summer.

Cagliari are not prepared to part with their centre-back for less than €12m, although Juve are hoping to propose a paid loan with option to buy plus the loan of Ouasim Buoy.

Other options include Salvatore Bocchetti, Bruno Alves, Andreas Granqvist, Federico Peluso and Marco Andreolli.