Manchester City are expected to open contract talks with local boy Phil Foden shortly and will hope a conclusion can be reached swiftly – but a European heavyweight is lurking in case something goes wrong.
Serie A champions Juventus are ‘making a big play’ to sign 18-year-old Foden according to the Mirror, with the Italians monitoring developments closely and ready to swoop if given encouragement.
Foden is out of contract in 2020 and his connection to the club and fans could prove decisive, along with his presence in Pep Guardiola’s first team.
However, Juventus have a history of luring talented youngsters to Turin having nabbed Paul Pogba from Manchester United in 2012, before selling him back for a world record fee four years later.
And if Foden were to run down his contract, Juventus or any other foreign club could sign him for around £200,000 in developmental fees, an amount Hertha BSC paid to sign Javairô Dilrosun in the summer – and he is proving to be a big bargain for the Bundesliga side.
City have already lost Jadon Sancho to Borussia Dortmund and now face the serious threat of Brahim Diaz walking out when his contract is up next June, so tying down Foden will be a priority for the Premier League champions.