1148 GMT May 28, 2022
Mouth-watering transfer news could be awaiting Iranian football fans as Serie A giant Juventus has reportedly joined the suitors for Zenit St. Petersburg striker Sardar Azmoun.
Azmoun’s contract with Zenit expires in June and the Russian champion is willing to cash in on its Iranian asset in January rather than letting him leave as a free agent in the summer.
According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Zenit has been asking €5 million for the Iranian international, while Juve hopes to land Azmoun on a €3m deal.
With the striking partnership of Moise Kean and Alvaro Morata yet to deliver consistently for Bianconeri this season – sharing 11 goals between them across all competitions – and the latter tipped for a January move to Barcelona, manager Massimiliano Allegri is looking to bring an attacking option to the Allianz Stadium.
Azmoun, 27, who has bagged 10 goals – including Champions League strikes against Juve and Chelsea – in 21 outings for Zenit in the current campaign, has also been on the wish list of Lyon head coach Peter Bosz as French newspaper L'Équipe first reported in August that the two clubs were on the verge of agreeing a €15 million deal for the striker.
When asked if Azmoun would seal a move to France in January, Bosz, speaking after Lyon’s 1-1 draw against PSG in Ligue 1 earlier in the month, said, “I hope that will be done.
“It does not depend on me. It remains to be seen whether OL will succeed in convincing the Russian club to let go of the Iranian in the coming weeks,” added the Dutch tactician.
British paper Daily Mail, meanwhile, wrote weeks ago that the oil-rich Premier League club Newcastle United has been making an enquiry for the Iranian as the Magpies are in race to avoid relegation from the English top-flight.