Juventus Leads Race for €25m-Rated Bologna Defender Riccardo Calafiori

Juventus are leading the race to sign Bologna's 21-year-old centre-back Riccardo Calafiori, valued at €25m. The player prefers a move to Juventus over interest from Tottenham, Napoli, and Bayer Leverkusen.

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Juventus Leads Race for €25m-Rated Bologna Defender Riccardo Calafiori

Juventus Leads Race for €25m-Rated Bologna Defender Riccardo Calafiori

Juventus have emerged as the frontrunners in the pursuit of highly-rated Bologna centre-back Riccardo Calafiori. The 21-year-old defender has attracted interest from several top clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur, Napoli, and Bayer Leverkusen, but the Serie A giants are now in pole position to secure his signature.

According to CalcioMercato, Juventus have been engaging in "increasingly frequent" contract discussions with Bologna over the past few days, as they look to finalize a deal for Calafiori. The young centre-back is valued at €25m (£21.5m), and Juventus are exploring the possibility of a part-exchange deal that could see Tommaso Barbieri or Tiago Djalo heading to Bologna as part of the agreement.

Calafiori has reportedly expressed his intention to join Juventus, prioritizing a move to the Turin-based club over interest from abroad. This development has put Juventus in a strong position to secure the defender's services, despite the ongoing interest from Tottenham Hotspur, Napoli, and Bayer Leverkusen.

Fabio Paratici, Tottenham's Managing Director of Football, has been spearheading the club's pursuit of Calafiori as they look to bolster their defensive options. However, with Juventus now leading the race and the player's preference for a move to the Serie A side, Tottenham may need to explore alternative targets.

Calafiori's exceptional performances for Bologna this season have caught the attention of several top European clubs. Juventus believe that the young defender has developed well enough to play for their team and consider him a player who can improve their defense from next season onwards.

According to Juve FC, Calafiori is one of the best defenders in the league, and his €25 million valuation is more than fair. They suggest that if he were English or played in the Premier League, his price tag would be at least double that figure, highlighting the significant potential and quality the young centre-back possesses.

As Juventus continue their efforts to secure Calafiori's signature, the coming weeks will be crucial in determining the young defender's future. With the player's preference for a move to the Serie A giants and the club's determination to finalize a deal, it appears increasingly likely that Riccardo Calafiori will be donning the black and white stripes of Juventus next season.

Key Takeaways

  • Juventus lead the race to sign Bologna's Riccardo Calafiori, valued at €25m.
  • Calafiori prefers a move to Juventus over interest from Tottenham, Napoli, and Bayer Leverkusen.
  • Juventus are exploring a part-exchange deal involving Tommaso Barbieri or Tiago Djalo.
  • Tottenham's Fabio Paratici has been pursuing Calafiori, but may need to explore alternative targets.
  • Calafiori is seen as a top defender with significant potential, with his price tag potentially doubling if he were English or played in the Premier League.