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Facundo Gonzalez close to sign for Juventus

Juventus is close to signing Uruguayan defender Facundo Gonzalez from Valencia, according to multiple sources.

Both La Gazzetta dello Sport and Tuttosport are reporting that a deal is in the advanced stages and Juventus could finalize it at the beginning of next week.

Juve has supposedly fended off interest from a number of clubs in Italy and across Europe, with Salernitana among the clubs particularly keen on acquiring Gonzalez.

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.

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.
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