Man City Join Barcelona In £35m Transfer Race For Juventus Star Rodrigo Bentancur

 Rodrigo Bentancur could be on his way to the Etihad

Manchester City are reportedly set to battle it out with Barcelona for Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur.

The 22-year-old is highly-rated, but has been limited to just four starts this season under Maurizio Sarri.

He featured 31 times in Serie A last season, but the summer additions of Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot  have left Juventus stacked with midfielders.

And Calciomercato have reported that Barcelona want to take advantage of the situation and prise the Uruguayan international away from Turin.

But Gazzetta Dello Sport claim that City could rival the Catalan giants for Bentancur’s signature.

Juventus signed the £35million rated schemer from Boca Juniors for under £10m back in 2017.

And while the elegant, two-footed player has started the last two Serie A matches at the base of Juve’s midfield, the Italian champions could be willing to cash in.

The big-money moves for Cristiano Ronaldo  and Matthijs de Ligt over the last two summers have hamstrung the Old Lady financially – although they do want to spend big on the ‘next Ranaldo’.  

And the failure to offload Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala   and Emre Can in the last transfer window has left Juventus chiefs keen to offload players in January.

With Dybala returning to prominence in recent weeks, and Can being reintegrated by Sarri – it could be Bentancur that is sacrificed by the club.

And the youngster would have big shoes to fill, whether he were to move to Barcelona  or Manchester City.

He could be tasked with the unenviable task of having to either replace Sergio Busquets or Fernandinho should he move.

Despite needing to secure funds, Juventus have been linked with a couple of young guns themselves.

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