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Juventus Prepares for Defensive Reinforcement

JuveJuventus reportedly are very close in enforcing their back line as they prepare to secure Sevilla’s Martin Caceres and also considering a move for Lyon’s left back, Aly Cissokho.

The Caceres deal is the one whose looking imminent as various reports from media in Spain and Italy suggested that the negotiation is already at finishing state with only medical left to conclude things.

The talks with Sevilla has reportedly been done with the Turin giant obliged to pay around 1,5 million Euro for a six month loan along with a buy out option in the summer for a fee worth about 8 million Euro. Caceres’ return to Juve is somewhat of a surprise since his season loan stint from Barcelona in the 2009-2010 isn’t actually convincing enough but apparently new coach, Antonio Conte, believes that the Uruguayan international’s characteristic would suit the Bianconeri’s new style.

Rumors in the media also claimed that Caceres’ deal could be officially announced on Thursday when all the paperworks between both clubs are concluded. Should this deal eventually done, the Turin giant will most likely gave up their chase for Freddy Guarin, since along with the former, the latter are also a non EU player.

Meanwhile, regarding Cissokho, the player’s agent, Ali Barat, was the one who confirmed to the media that he has booked a meeting with Juventus management next Friday for the potential purchasing of the left back. Barat revealed that his client is looking for a new scenery and the Turin giant becomes the most likely destination should he immediately move this January since the Bianconeri have more financial power compared to other candidates such as Newcastle United and As Roma.

“Cissokho has a contract until 2014. Lyon proposed a two-year renewal, but we did not accept because he wants a change of scenery. At the same time, Lyon have to sell, because they need fresh funds. I am here in Italy because I will meet with Juve on Friday. If Cissokho leaves in January, then it will be only for Juventus,” Barat told Calciomercato. “We recently received a €7m offer from Newcastle, but Lyon value him at €9m and we know Juve have more of a budget to spend. “

The agent also stated that Cissokho’s style would very much compatible with Juventus since the Italian club have been playing some nice attacking football this season, something that the ex-Fc Porto man liked. However, the representative also warned the Turin giant that if they don’t take his client this winter, there will be bigger competition in the summer with Manchester United potentially could also be on the run.

“Juventus are a great team who play attacking football and Aly wants to play in the Champions League next season. In the summer we can open the doors to Manchester United, thanks to Evra’s injury,” Barat added.


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