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Kinsgley Coman agrees four-year Juventus deal despite English interest

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Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Kingsley Coman has agreed personal terms over a four-year deal with Serie A giants Juventus despite holding talks with a string of Europe's top clubs, including Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Roma.

Coman is without question one of Europe's most talented young prospects and became the youngest player ever to represent PSG's first team last February, more than three months shy of his 17th birthday.

Despite being French football's brightest young prospect the attacking midfielder has targeted a switch across the continent though, believing his opportunities to play will be extremely restricted at PSG thanks to a plethora of talent and focus on instant success for the Ligue 1 champions.

Premier League trio Arsenal, United and Manchester United had hoped to take advantage and procure a fantastic prospect for free, subject to an agreement over compensation, but Tuttosport believe Juve have won this fiercely-contested transfer chase by agreeing terms.

The Pogba Factor

Despite no less than seven teams approaching Coman's representatives over the last six months Juve's offer of a four-year contract worth a net figure of around €400,000-per-year looks to have got this particular deal over the line, despite a second late attempt from Arsenal to hijack the switch.

The Gunners believed that their proven track record for giving young players a chance to shine would stand them in good stead during protracted negotiations, but Coman wants to follow French football's newest superstar Paul Pogba's example by shining in Serie A over the next for years.

PSG are powerless to stop the deal going through and will have to accept just compensation for their time and effort spent on nurturing a technically gifted talent, which will most likely amount to just a measly £1m.

A Waiting Game

Although Juve have in principle got Coman to agree his intentions the Old Lady will have to wait some time before officially confirming the deal in any capacity, because the 18-year-old's contract with PSG doesn't officially expire until July 1st.

Conte wants fresh young talent in all positions as he bids to make sure Juve are well prepared to sustain their Serie A dominance over a long period of time, even if the likes of Pogba and Arturo Vidal do leave Turin, with Coman the latest piece of that puzzle.

Coman will be included in Juve's first-team squad next season rather than the academy as a clear statement of intent on how highly Conte rates the prospect, who you can expect to hear a lot from during the next two years.

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