Ezequiel Lavezzi looking to make Juventus switch

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Ezequiel Lavezzi has his eyes set on a move to Juventus this summer, with Chelsea and Liverpool seemingly set to miss out on the Argentina forward.

While both Premier League giants have been credited with a strong interest in £18 million-rated Lavezzi in recent weeks, the latest reports from Italy cited by The Daily Express suggesting that while the 29-year-old does appear to be somewhat of an afterthought for current club Paris Saint-Germain, Serie A champions Juve actually represent his preferred transfer destination.

Indeed, the same source even goes as far as to suggest that Lavezzi could look to force a move to Turin shortly with PSG evidently fixated upon completing a move for compatriot Angel di Maria.

PSG exit

Having arrived at the Parc des Princes from Napoli in 2012, Lavezzi has won two consecutive Ligue 1 titles with PSG. 

While his scoring record in French football may appear rather modest, the former San Lorenzo and Estudiantes star is very versatile and is often deployed down the flanks rather than in a central role.

The potential arrival of Di Maria - his international teammate - would only serve to marginalise Lavezzi's role under Laurent Blanc further and it certainly would not come as a shock to see him seek regular first-team football at this advanced stage of his professional career.

The capture of World Cup finalist Lavezzi would come as quite a timely statement of intent from new Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, with his appointment as the successor to club stalwart Antonio Conte having hardly been greeted with any real warmth by the club's fervent and demanding fanbase.

If Allegri were indeed able to add Lavezzi to an already potent attacking force containing the likes of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente in addition to retaining the services of dynamic midfield duo Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal in the face of interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs, one might certainly consider that a very good start indeed to his attempts to deliver a fourth consecutive domestic title to Turin.

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Premier League interest

Whether Chelsea really ever needed Lavezzi anyway surely has to be subject to considerable doubt. While his aforementioned versatility and intelligence would have seen him compete for a starting berth at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho already has the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Andre Schurrle at his disposal and the recent departure of Romelu Lukaku - coupled with the return of Stamford Bridge legend Didier Drogba - suggests that he is not looking to make any further additions to his striking unit.

Liverpool, in contrast, certainly may have benefitted from an experienced attacking talent of Lavezzi's quality.

Brendan Rodgers has moved very swiftly indeed to compensate for the loss of superstar striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona, although it remains to be seen if the likes of Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Rickie Lambert will have what it takes to replicate the controversial Uruguayan's significant impact at Anfield. 

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