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Juventus Linked With Move For Real Madrid Star James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez RMHaving just sealed a fifth consecutive Seria A title, Juventus are already planning ahead for next season and an assault on the Champions League.

Reports from Italy have linked the Turin club with a host of high profile players – with Real Madrid’s poster boy forward James Rodriguez a potential marquee signing to reassert the Old Lady’s authority in Europe.

According to Correire dello Sport, the Colombia international wants away from the Bernabeu and would prefer a move to Italy where negotiations have already began.

The 25-year-old has become frustrated at Madrid, while his parents have even publicly criticized manager Zinedine Zidane for not giving their son enough playing time. Rodriguez has scored seven goals and provided seven assists in just 23 Liga appearances this season.

Juventus would likely have to pay less than the £60m that Madrid spent to bring him from Monaco two years ago – although they can expect competition from Premier League clubs and, in particular, Manchester United.

Juve have already confirmed their first signing after making Mario Lemina’s loan spell permanent by paying around £7.5m to sign the 22-year-old midfielder on a four-year contract.

Tuttosport also claim that the club are chasing Marseille forward and Tottenham target Michy Batshuayi, while club chief Giuseppe Marotta is reportedly tracking Valencia’s Andre Gomes amid claims they have already agreed a £27m deal.

The same paper also claims Bayern Munich’s unwanted defender Medhi Benatia and Swiss full-back Silvan Widmer are also on the wanted list.