Juventus recently lost esteemed scout Javier Ribalta to Manchester United and his replacement, Pablo Longoria, has quickly been put to work in an attempt to beat United’s neighbours, Manchester City, to the signing of an Argentine wonderkid.
Tuttosport reports that Longoria’s first international mission in his new scouting role at Juventus has been to fly to Buenos Aires to try and negotiate the transfer of Boca Juniors and Argentina youth striker Facundo Colidio.
Colidio, 17, is so highly rated that he is already valued at around €10million (£8.8million) and standing in Juventus’ way of acquiring another gem is Manchester City, who also have eyes on the youngster.
Working in Juventus’ favour here is a strong relationship with Boca, but City have the financial clout to challenge the Italian giants to the signing of Colidio, with South American scouts compiling positive reports on the player.
Were Colidio to arrive at the Etihad, he would join another Argentine youth international, Benjamin Garré, who City are currently in locked in a battle with his former club, Velez Sarsfield, over.
Velez have taken City to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), claiming their signing of Garré breached world governing body FIFA’s rules over signing non-EU minors. FIFA ruled in City’s favour and Velez have taken the case to the CAS, with the Blues facing a potential transfer ban for two windows if the court rules in favour of Velez.