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Juventus launch £10.3m bid for Ezequiel Lavezzi

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Juventus have made an offer for Chelsea and Liverpool striker target Ezequiel Lavezzi, as part of a clear plan from new manager Massimiliano Allegri to radically strengthen his attacking options in Turin.

According to reports from Italian publication Tuttosport brought to our attention by The Daily Star, Serie A champions Juve have submitted a bid worth £10.3 million for Paris Saint-Germain's Lavezzi, along with additional offers for Manchester United frontman Javier Hernandez and Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic.

Striker boost

If such speculation is indeed accurate, then it looks as if Allegri - the former AC Milan boss who replaced Antonio Conte in the dugout at Juventus Stadium following the latter's surprise resignation last month - is not quite content with his current strikeforce which contains the likes of Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Sebastian Giovinco.

Conte did manage to secure the signing of a new forward prior to his exit, although former Real Madrid starlet Alvaro Morata unfortunately suffered a knee injury during his very first training session with his new club.

Juventus' offer for Lavezzi - which the Star suggest does not meet PSG's £20 million valuation of the player - would appear to come as a threat to Chelsea and Liverpool's chances of landing the Argentina international, with both Premier League sides having been credited with an interest in his services during the current transfer window.

Chelsea currently have three senior first-team strikers in contention for a starting berth under Jose Mourinho, with Diego Costa and Didier Drogba having joined the club in recent weeks and Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku all departing Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool have also made the addition of a striker in the form of Rickie Lambert, although obviously such a bargain was offset by the departure of the controversial Luis Suarez to Barcelona for a fee believed to be in the region of £75 million.

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Di Maria effect

One of the speculated reasons for the mounting interest in Lavezzi this summer was PSG's relentless pursuit of fellow Argentine Angel di Maria.

With the French giants appearing so keen to prise Di Maria away from reigning European champions Real Madrid, it was generally assumed that manager Laurent Blanc would no longer have any use for Lavezzi.

That may just have changed today, however, with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi announcing during the official unveiling of David Luiz that the club had pulled out of discussions to sign Di Maria due to the player's hefty price tag.

"We spoke with Real Madrid about [the possibility of signing] Angel Di Maria, but he was too expensive," he said.

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