Juventus have made their first move as they work to sign Lazio midfielder Mattia Zaccagni.
As reported by Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport (via LazioNews24) earlier today, the Bianconeri are hoping to replicate the deals made with Fiorentina in recent years for Federico Bernardeschi, Federico Chiesa and Dusan Vlahovic.
However, it is practically impossible to negotiate with Lazio president Claudio Lotito, who is known to be a shrew negotiator. The Roman club will have to pay Hellas Verona €7 million in June in order to make Zaccagni‘s stay in Rome permanent and they consider him a fixed part of Maurizio Sarri‘s project in Rome.
After an injury-plagued start to the season, Zaccagni has replaced Felipe Anderson in the starting lineup and he is shining in the Italian capital, putting up a career-high 11 goal contributions this campaign.
Juventus are still keen to sign the Italian midfielder and so some updates are expected over the coming months, although a deal seems incredibly unlikely at any point in the near future.