Juventus are set to make an offer to Barcelona for highly-rated left-back Juan Miranda, according to Calciomercato.
The 19-year-old is held in extremely high regard at the Camp Nou, though after the Catalans spent £16.5m on Junior Firpo from Real Betis earlier this month, consistent game-time this season looks extremely unlikely for the young defender.
First-choice left-back Jordi Alba is one of the first names on manager Ernesto Valverde’s team-sheet, while Firpo is expected to be handed plenty of opportunities as the campaign progresses.
This leaves Miranda’s position in Catalonia uncertain, with a move away from Spain looking like the best option for the teenager. Juventus are keen on bringing him to Italy, and are reportedly set to offer €10m to prize him away from Turin.
90min report that Juve could also offer Barca Daniele Rugani as part of the deal, though it is understood that the Catalans aren’t interested in the 25-year-old and would prefer to keep any proposed dealings cash-only.
Juventus are facing stiff competition from Marseille, however, with the French outfit also in talks with Barcelona over a potential loan move for Miranda.
The Ligue 1 side are also thought to be interested in signing the 19-year-old permanently, with Barca keen to include a buy-back clause in any deal that would see him move to France.
Miranda’s agent – Jose Maria Orobitg – confirmed to Foot Mercato that talks with Marseille are ongoing, saying: “Yes, there are contacts with Marseille. Everyone is talking about loans, but there is nothing done yet. We’re working on an agreement, but there are other offers.
“There are also discussions on a buy option for Marseille and a buy-back clause for Barcelona so as not to lose control of the player.”
Offloading Miranda makes sense for Barcelona considering they have two very accomplished left-backs already, though losing him for just €10m could prove to be poor business in the future as he is still so young and has a huge amount of potential.
Selling to Marseille and including a buy-back clause ensures that they would be able to re-sign him in the future should they wish, which seems to be a much better option for the Spaniards.
Failing that, a loan move to France could also be a good option, and would ensure that they don’t lose him permanently at all.
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