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Barcelona and Real Madrid are reportedly both interested in Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur.
According to CalcioNews24 (via Football Italia), Real have been keeping tabs on the 20-year-old since before he made the switch from Boca Juniors to Turin in July, while Barca’s interest was piqued when the Uruguayan faced them in the UEFA Champions League last month.
The report added Bentancur has “tripled in value” already since joining Juve, having been part of the deal that saw Carlos Tevez return to Boca in 2015.
The Old Lady took up their first option to buy Bentancur and agreed a €9.4 million deal in April that came into effect in July, with the young midfielder penning a five-year contract at the Allianz Stadium.
He has taken full advantage of a Juventus injury crisis this season to make six appearances in Serie A and two in the Champions League.
Most regularly he has been deployed in his natural central-midfield role, but he was used wide on the attacking right by Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri when they lost 3-0 to the Blaugrana.
It is little surprise Real and Barca are interested in a player of such talent, especially as young deep-lying midfielders are few and far between.
But Juve are unlikely to be persuaded to sell him any time soon given he has yet to be at the club for even half a season.
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Meanwhile, Juventus continue to be linked with Liverpool’s Emre Can, but it is unlikely they will be able to snap up the midfielder in January.
Per Fabrizio Romano of Calciomercato.com, Liverpool do not want to sell the 23-year-old in the new year and Juve are not eager to spend “crazy money” in the January transfer window.
As a result, it seems inevitable Juventus’ pursuit will have to wait until next summer, when Can’s Liverpool contract is set to expire and he could be available for free.