Juventus are planning to sneak under the nose of Inter Milan and snatch Sassuolo midfielder Davide Frattesi from their grasp this summer.
The Bianconeri are ambitiously looking to overhaul their midfield once again at the end of the season, with Adrien Rabiot and Arthur Melo both candidates to depart. A plan has been conjured up to entice Paul Pogba back to Turin, while the likes of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Ryan Gravenberch have been identified as alternatives to the Frenchman, whose contract at Manchester United expires this summer.
However, recent reports suggest the Bianconeri could once again visit Modena as a means of improving their midfield. Last summer, protracted negotiations with Sassuolo eventually ended in the purchase of Manuel Locatelli, who’s gone on to enjoy a fine debut season in Turin.
Sassuolo midfielder Davide Frattesi is on Juventus’ radar this summer
Frattesi has enjoyed a breakout campaign for the Neroverdi this season after starring for Italy’s Under-21s during the European Championships last year.
The dynamic young midfielder has four goals and two assists in Serie A this term, one of which came against Juventus in a historic victory for Sassuolo last October.
Frattesi boasts an uncanny resemblance to Nicolo Barella, so it’s no surprise that the Nerazzurri are keen on adding the 22-year-old to their ranks this summer. They’re the firm favourites for his signature, but Goal Italia’s Alessandro De Felice reported on Thursday that Juventus have joined the race.
De Felice writes that the Bianconeri have spoken to Sassuolo and Frattesi’s agent, Giuseppe Rico, “to understand the margins of the negotiation” and they may look to sneak in under Inter’s nose.
The Italian’s boyhood club, AS Roma, are also believed to be interested in striking a deal with the Neroverdi.
As a massive Frattesi admirer who was super impressed by his performances during last year’s Under-21 Euros, I would love the Bianconeri to make this move. The Italian is a tenacious talent capable of making a huge impact between boxes and in the opposition third. He’d be Juve’s own Barella.