Juventus manager Massimilliano Allegri has confirmed his side’s interest in Galatasary midfielder Wesley Sneijder, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
This puts them in direct competition with Manchester United, who are also thought to be keen on a move for the capped Netherlands international midfielder.
Sneijder is keen on a move away from Turkey in the January transfer window, having failed to settle in Istanbul since his arrival.
There have also been issues over wages, with Galatasaray reportedly missing payments to a series of their better paid players thus far this campaign.
Allegri has today confirmed that Juve are keen to move for Sneijder, but that it might be difficult to capture him, meaning that Man Utd could still push through a deal in the future.
He said: “It’s not easy to reinforce Juve, but we have some very clear ideas and it’s no secret that we are looking for an attacking midfielder and a defender.
“Sneijder has tremendous technical quality and would complete an already very strong part of the team, creating competition for places.”
Sneijder’s agent told the press yesterday that the former Inter Milan man would not be allowed to leave the Turkish giants for anything less than his £15.6 million release clause.
Juventus have made a concrete offer for Manchester United target Wesley Sneijder, giving him a route away from his Galatasaray nightmare, according to the Daily Express.
Sneijder has been looking for a move since the summer, and found himself missing out on wages at various points during the first half of the season.
One of the clubs interested in signing him was Man Utd, with boss Louis van Gaal having worked closely with him for the Dutch national side, including during last year’s World Cup in Brazil, when the duo finished third in the competition.
However, Juve will have to up their bid if they want to bring him back to Serie A.
The winners of last year’s Scudetto made a bid of just £1.5 million, far less than Galatasaray’s valuation of over £15 million.
Despite this, Juve are confident of pushing through a cut price deal for the former Inter Milan player.
They will have to contend with a trio of Premier League rivals, in the form of Man Utd, Manchester City and Southampton, however, with all three clubs keen on signing him and bringing the veteran midfielder to England.
However, Sneijder is keen to move to Turin.
Manchester United have been told that they will have to pay a staggering £15.6 million if they want to bring Wesley Sneijder to the Premier League in the January transfer window.
This is according to the midfielder’s agent Guido Albers, who has revealed that a move is therefore unlikely to happen.
The Istanbul side are refusing to release Sneijder unless a club meets the release clause in his contract, which means Galatasaray would be forced to accept the bid.
While Albers is therefore convinced that a move is not likely, he has accepted that should Man Utd make the right bid, he will see his talented client move abroad.
“The Galatasaray board told me that they won’t sell Sneijder,” he told Bugun TV.
“Wesley loves Galatasaray and the fans. Both he and his wife Yolanthe want to stay in Istanbul.
“If there is a club interested him, they have to negotiate with the Galatasaray board, not with me.
“Also, any club who wants him will have to pay the £15.6m release clause in his contract. Not £4m, £8m or £10m.”
The Old Trafford club are said to have been chasing him since the summer transfer window, with Louis van Gaal having worked closely with him for the Dutch national side.
They may yet face competition from Southampton, who are also thought to be interested.