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Juventus step up bid to sign Chelsea target Ezequiel Lavezzi.

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New Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri, is ready to table a bid for versatile PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, according to reports in the Daily Star.

The French Champions have been considering offers for a number of players in order to reduce their wage bill, with Lavezzi one of their resources they are prepared to let go at the right price.

Chelsea interest

The Argentine international, who has just returned from World Cup duty in Brazil, joined PSG from Napoli in 2012 for £24 million, and speculation coming out of Stamford Bridge suggests that Jose Mourinho is keen to land the 29-year old and play him alongside his latest acquisition, Diego Costa, in what would make a formidable strike-force for the London club.

Impressed

The PSG star impressed last season with 11 goals in 36 appearances for the French Champions, which included a goal against the Blues in the quarter-final of the Champions League.

The 37-cap international, also impressed for Argentina in the World Cup, providing a constant threat to opposition defenders on attack during their run into the final of the showpiece at the Macarana in Rio.

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Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United have also expressed an interest in the player, however following Arsenal's acquisition of Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez and the potential signing of World Cup winner Sami Khedira from Real Madrid, it appears Arsene Wenger has cooled his interest.

Juventus keen

Juventus seemed to have moved into pole position for the player despite going through a week of turmoil following the sudden resignation of coach Antonio Conte.

Conte stunned Juventus earlier in the week by resigning from the club he has spent most of his career as a player and a manager, for reasons that are thought to be a difference of opinion with the board over the summer transfer dealings.

Juventus have moved quickly finding a replacement, in what will be viewed as a damage limitation exercise, with former AC Milan tactician Massimiliano Allegri, taking over on a €2 million-a-year deal for the next two years.

Class act Lavezzi

Allegri is a long time admirer of the Argentine and sees the player as the perfect fit for the Turin giants, as he looks to build on the three-consecutive Serie A titles delivered by his predecessor.

Juventus are also trying to clear up any confusion surrounding the Alvaro Morata deal from Real Madrid, following Conte's resignation.

The club have reportedly reassured the player that contrary to reports, it was very much a club decision to bring the player to Turin and not a decision made by Conte alone.

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