Exit of in-demand French youngster could see Juve target Blues ace.Juventus could join Real Madrid in the chase for Chelsea midfielder Ramires as they grow increasingly fearful of in-demand French youngster Paul Pogba leaving the club, Fanatix understands.
The Italian giants are also preparing for the possible departure of key Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal this summer, as the likes of Real and Barcelona eye up moves for some of their top talents.
Juventus have just celebrated a third consecutive title win in Serie A, but remain in something of a fight to keep their best players as they continue to struggle to assert themselves on the European stage again, after a number of years in the wilderness following their relegation to Serie B for match-fixing back in 2006.
Ramires now appears to be a top target for manager Antonio Conte if he does lose two of his big names, with Pogba in particular attracting interest after establishing himself as one of the best young players in the world during his time in Turin.
Despite failing to make the grade at Manchester United earlier in his career, the France international, 21, is now valued by his club at around £60m, which Juve had hoped would fight off potential suitors of his for the time being.
However, it could be that United are willing to cough up a large amount to bring the midfield starlet back to Old Trafford, while big-spenders Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are also seemingly ready to meet Juventus’ valuation for the player.
This could spell bad news for Chelsea as a result, as Ramires’ form over the last few seasons has seen him become an increasingly influential member of the first-team at Stamford Bridge, which has seen him emerge as another midfield target for Real Madrid, managed by his old Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Conte is also a fan of the 27-year-old, and could be readying a big bid of around £30m to beat off competition for his signature, and with Chelsea just completing the signing of Cesc Fabregas for around that price this week, they may be tempted to bring some money in to help ensure they adhere to Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
Jose Mourinho’s side are also well stocked in the midfield department with the arrival of Fabregas, as well as with Nemanja Matic re-joining the club back in January, which could pave way for Ramires to make an exit from Stamford Bridge this summer.