Juventus ready to ‘hijack’ Liverpool and Arsenal targets

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Young stars Connor Wickham and Phil Jones are targets for Italian club Juventus, with the wonderkids fielding big offers from English clubs as well, according to the Metro.

The Metro has claimed that Juventus sent a ‘crack spy team’ to scout the pair, and glowing references of the youngsters performances exchanged hands on the Italian scouts' return.

Wickham was yesterday linked with Newcastle, with the Daily Mail reporting that he might make a move in a bid to replace departed striker Andy Carroll. Wickham has long been linked with a move to Liverpool in the summer, with Kenny Dalglish reportedly taking a personal liking to the youngster.


Liverpool also seem a more likely match for Wickham than Newcastle, after Ipswich boss Paul Jewell slapped a £15m asking price on the starlet. While Newcastle have £35 million in funds from Carroll’s sale, to spend around half of the money on a young player who is yet to prove himself would seem to put Liverpool in the front line for the star.

Blackburn defender Jones, meanwhile, had been linked with Arsenal after telling reporters yesterday that he loved the Gunners’ style of play.

"I think Arsenal play the prettiest football in the Premier League," Jones said, as reported by The Independent.

"Obviously money helps. Having more money allows you to play in a certain way, but that's the beauty of the Premier League – there are so many different styles.”

Should Arsenal move to purchase the England under-21 international, Arsene Wenger is reportedly hoping that the youngster will help to bolster the Gunners’ defence.

But Juventus are reportedly hoping to trump the two big English clubs, and hijack any chance that Liverpool and Arsenal have of signing the pair with a large cash offer and the lure of playing in Serie A.

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