Juventus are reportedly ready to make an offer for 19-year-old left-back Juan Miranda, according to Calcio Mercato.
The young defender made three appearances for the Catalans in the Copa del Rey and Champions League last season, per Transfermarkt, but is behind both Jordi Alba and Junior Firpo in the pecking order at the Camp Nou, which will see game time limited for the Spain U19 international this term.
Juventus are keen to agree a permanent deal for Miranda, who shares the same agent as their new defender Danilo – signed from Manchester City as part of the deal which saw Joao Cancelo move in the opposite direction.
It is understood, via Calcio’s report, that Barcelona are only looking to send Miranda on loan, though, something that Juventus aren’t thought to be interested in.
The Serie A champions are hoping to agree a permanent deal for the 19-year-old for around €10m, though if they are to prize him away from Catalonia, may have to significantly increase their offer.
Ligue 1 big-hitters Marseille are also rumoured to be interested in taking the Spaniard on loan for the campaign, which is currently of greater interest for Barcelona.
Described as someone who would never shy away from a duel by Barcelona Football Analysis, the Seville-born youngster does appear to be more of a defensive option in the full-back berth. Indeed, against Tottenham in the Champions League alone he made 13 interceptions and won all four of his tackles, while the report also claims he was averaging 4.25 tackles per game back in December which is far more than what new Barca signing Junior Firpo averaged for Real Betis last year (1.6, via WhoScored).
Miranda would presumably have an opportunity to gain valuable first-team experience in France, considering the strength of Juventus’ squad, which he could use to his advantage upon his return to Spain next summer.
Indeed, the idea of the Blaugrana selling to a side who have to be considered a Champions League rival given their pedigree in the competition also seems less desirable than allowing him to develop under Andre Villas-Boas in Marseille. Obviously, the signing of Firpo is likely to push him down the pecking order at the Camp Nou but, when looking at the stats mentioned above, it’s clear this is a talent who can make an impact at senior level when given the chance.
Long-term, the youngster could have something to offer the La Liga champions.
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