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Report: Juventus chasing Ogbonna

Juventus are willing to bid 14 million euros to land promising Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna, according to a report.

Juventus are willing to bid 14 million euros to land promising Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna, according to a report.

According to Goal.com, Juve are desperate to avoid the situation they found themselves in with Marco Verratti, when they stalled with the signing and Paris Saint-Germain swooped for the Italian starlet.

Ogbonna, on the other hand, is believed to have attracted interest from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, who will have a new coach in the form of Pep Guardiola in the off-season, with his top performances in Serie A over the past couple of seasons.

Goal.com understands that Ogbonna would not be untouchable in Antonio Conte’s starting line-up but he would provide the reigning Serie A champions with a more complete squad.

It has been suggested Juve’s defence look weakened without Giorgio Chiellini, and an experienced Serie A defender such as the Torino star of Nigerian descent would help negate such an effect.

A major stumbling block in the transfer could be the rivalry between the two Turin-based teams.

It is possible that Torino chairman Urbano Cairo could scupper any switch by opposing holding talks with Juventus.

However, earlier in February the Torino chief had revealed Ogbonna could be on his way out in the off-season.

In December, it was reported the highly rated defender is valued by his current club at 19 million euros, but Juve will be hoping their funds of 14 million will be sufficient to force Cairo’s hands.

The centre-back has five caps for Italy having made his debut under Cesare Prandelli in late 2011, and subsequently made the squad for Euro 2012 but did not play a minute of the side’s run to the final.

Thu 21 February, 2013
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