A host of Barclays Premier League clubs look set to have their chase for Brazilian striking sensation Damiao end in disappointment as Juventus stepped up their pursuit of the 22-year-old.
Damiao has been in exceptional form this year, finding the net 40 times in 52 games for Brazilian outfit Internacional – a run that earned him a call-up to the Brazil squad for the friendly against Scotland in March.
Tottenham were favourites to land the goal hungry striker but have had two bids short of the £15 million asking price turned down over the summer, and with the talented youngster in exceptional form currently it is likely to require a bid closer to £20 million in order to persuade Internacional to let him go.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool had also expressed an interest in securing Damiao, but Spurs looked likely to pip their Premier League rivals to the post thanks to their “strategic partnership” with the Brazilian club that saw Sandro make the move to north London from Brazil last year.
However Juventus appear to have beaten all of Damiao’s suitors to the punch according to reports in Italy, with newspaper Corriere dello Sport revealing the current Serie A leaders are preparing a bid when the January transfer window opens.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has reportedly already switched his attention to bringing attacking reinforcements in January, with out-of-favour Juve forward Amauri said to be destined for White Hart Lane.