Juventus have reportedly moved ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign teenage Genoa striker Pietro Pellegri.
Pellegri is being watched by several of Europe’s biggest clubs after he made a big impression in Serie A. The 16-year-old came off the bench for Genoa to score twice against Lazio back in September, though he hasn’t scored a goal since.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus have laid the groundwork for a deal in the summer. The teenager could cost up to £26m. They name Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Manchester City as the other clubs interested in him.
It’s hardly surprising that a young Italian talent would want to join Juventus, nor should it be too surprising that Arsenal could miss out here given the asking price.
The Gunners have already spent £52m to bring a new striker in, and could spend even more on another this window if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joins from Borussia Dortmund.
The asking price for Pellegri is steep considering he’s barely played any first-team football. With a couple of good young strikers such as Eddie Nketiah and Tyreece John-Jules coming through the ranks, passing up on Pellegri might not be such a bad thing.