Italian champions Juventus are already planning ahead for next season and an assault on the Champions League as they have taken steps to fortify their team.
Reports from Italy have linked the Turin club with a host of high profile players – with Real Madrid’s poster boy forward James Rodriguez a potential marquee signing to reassert the Old Lady’s authority in Europe.
According to Correire dello Sport, the Colombia international wants away from the Bernabeu and would prefer a move to Italy where negotiations have already began.
The 25-year-old has become frustrated at Madrid, while his parents have even publicly criticised manager Zinedine Zidane for not giving their son enough playing time.
Rodriguez has scored seven goals and provided seven assists in just 23 Liga appearances this season.
Juventus would likely have to pay less than the £60million that Madrid spent to bring him from Monaco two years ago – although they can expect competition from Premier League clubs and, in particular, Manchester United.
Juve have already confirmed their first signing after making Mario Lemina’s loan spell
However, Juventus’ most important piece of business during the close season could be to keep hold of their crown jewel Paul Pogba who is arguably the most coveted player on the planet – with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City all interested.
The France international midfielder reportedly has 20 days to decide his future – to stay at the Olympic Stadium or be sold for a fee that could net the champions up to £100millon.