Juventus is close to signing Uruguayan defender Facundo Gonzalez from Valencia, according to multiple sources.
The 20-year-old played a starring role for Uruguay during the U20 World Cup in Argentina, ultimately lifting the trophy with his teammates in La Plata. They secured victory in the final by defeating Italy 1-0.
Gonzalez and Uruguay only conceded two goals throughout the entire tournament, both of which came in the 3-2 win over England in the Group Stages. They continued their impressive performance, managing clean-sheets in all four of their knock-out round matches.
He holds both a Spanish and Italian passport, as he moved to Europe with his parents and qualified for Italian citizenship through his great-grandfather. This advantageous status implies that he would not take up one of Juve’s slots reserved for non-EU players if the club decides to sign him.
Even though he has not made an appearance for Valencia’s first team yet, Gonzalez has showcased his skills in 59 matches for Valencia Mestalla, which is the club’s affiliated B side. They currently compete in the fourth division of Spanish football.