Juventus could take a giant stride towards a fourth consecutive Scudetto title if they sign Ezequiel Lavezzi from Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
The Argentine, who played a starring role in his country’s surge to the World Cup final in Brazil last month, is reportedly no longer needed by the French champions as they close in for a big money move for Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria.
Liverpool are said to have registered an interest in luring him to Anfield in the aftermath of Loic Remy’s failed medical, but it is with the current Serie A champions where his preference supposedly lies.
Despite having swooped for Patrice Evra and Alvaro Morata already this summer, the mood around Turin has been one of pessimism in the wake of Antonio Conte’s shock exit as manager.
What Conte’s successor Massimiliano Allegri needs is a blockbuster signing to show that the Italian club can still compete for the major players in the game despite the loss of such an influential figure.
Having already missed out on Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal, Lavezzi would be the perfect tonic.
That Lavezzi could be on the market for as little as £18 million is a huge indication that, even at a time when transfer business can be extortionate, top players can still be purchased at the right price.
The 29-year-old boasts star quality in abundance and has hit double figures in each of his two campaigns in Paris, winning Ligue 1 twice in the process.
He failed to score for his country at the World Cup but was still a chief tormentor and as Lionel Messi toiled in the final at the Maracana, it was Lavezzi who was left to carry the Argentinian mantle.
Laurent Blanc is a known admirer of the attacker, but maintaining his services if PSG's move for Di Maria is successful would be a difficult task given his obvious reluctance to play second fiddle.
Allegri is the man charged with not only sustaining success on the domestic front but also ensuring Juventus challenge on the European stage as well.
Fitting Lavezzi alongside Morata, Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente with Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo pulling the strings in midfield could finally see them end their quest for a first Champions League title since 1996.
The closest they have come since was back in 2003, when they lost to Carlo Ancelotti’s AC Milan on penalties.
This is a saga that is expected to roll on, especially with the Di Maria deal complicated by Financial Fair Play regulations, but Juventus will hope that they and not Liverpool are the victors in the race for Lavezzi’s signature.