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Juventus set to sign Polish forward, Memphis deal likely to fall through



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Juventus have reached an agreement on personal terms with Olympique Marseille striker Arkadiusz Milik, with a loan move now set to be completed, reports Fabrizio Romano. It means that the Italian giants will no longer pursue the signing of Barcelona forward Memphis Depay.

Juventus had been in the market for attacking reinforcements after losing both Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala earlier this summer. Depay had been one of their top targets and less than a week ago, a move looked close to completion.

The 28-year-old Dutchman had reached an agreement over a €5 million per year contract with the Bianconeri, while also agreeing a mutual contract termination with Barça.

However, over the past weekend, things took a bad turn as Depay reportedly increased his wage demands to €7 million per year, making Juventus reconsider whether to sign him up or look for a different option.

And after a meeting on Tuesday, the Turin giants settled in on Milik as their preferred choice and soon had an agreement in place with Marseille over a loan deal with an option to make the transfer permanent next year.

As per the terms of the deal, Juventus will be paying a €2 million loan fee to Marseille, while retaining the option of purchase for €8 million. With personal terms now agreed with Milik, a move is immnent.

It could thus spell the end of Juve’s interest in Depay, leaving the Dutchman in limbo. The 28-year-old has been told that he no longer has a prominent role to play in Xavi’s plans at Barcelona.

But with a move to Juventus now seemingly off, there could be a chance that he ends up staying, or some other club enters the fray to swoop him away from Camp Nou.

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