Italy star in Juventus wishlist as strike partner for Vlahovic

Mateo Retegui
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Mateo Retegui isn't just scoring goals; he's turning heads. His recent double for Italy against Venezuela has only amplified the buzz around this 24-year-old striker, and now, Italian powerhouse Juventus is reportedly circling. The Bianconeri are said to be eyeing him for a crucial support role alongside their star forward, Dusan Vlahovic according to Calciomercato.

Retegui's rise has been meteoric. Not long ago, he was tearing up the Argentine league; now, he's a fixture in the Italian national team with four goals in only five appearances. This kind of scoring touch is hard to ignore, and Juventus, ever on the lookout for attacking talent, is taking notice.

Interestingly, this isn't the club's first brush with the young forward. Retegui's father and agent, Carlos, reportedly met with Juventus when initially exploring a move to Serie A. Fate led Retegui to Genoa last summer, but his breakout season has Juventus eager to revisit the possibility.

So far, the move to Italy has proven a perfect fit. Retegui has netted 8 goals and notched 2 assists in his 24 appearances for the club, an impressive efficiency for a debut season. There's a sense that his best is yet to come, the kind of upside that has top clubs salivating.

Juventus' interest comes as their current backup strikers, Moise Kean and Arkadiusz Milik, face uncertain futures. A move for Retegui would signal a clear intent to strengthen their depth up front.

While Genoa landed Retegui for around €15 million (€12 million transfer fee and additional €3 million in bonuses) last summer, his value has soared. Juventus will likely have to shell out upwards of €20 million to pry him away. But with other clubs likely sniffing around, they may not have long to make their move.

This summer could see a transfer tug-of-war for Mateo Retegui. It's a testament to his rapid development, and Juventus is determined to be in the mix.