Juventus are set to sign Boca Juniors starlet Rodrigo Bentancur for €7.5 million, after activating a clause in the deal that sealed Carlos Tevez’s move to the Argentinian club.
The Serie A giants inserted a clause in the deal which sent Tevez back to his first club last summer, which stated that the Bianconeri had first-option on all youngsters at La Bombonera until April 2017.
The deal will see Juventus purchase 50% of Bentancur’s rights from Boca Juniors, said to be worth €7.5 million.
Arsenal and Manchester United were said to be very keen on signing the Uruguayan midfielder, with the former having kept a close check on his development according to ESPN. Real Madrid and AC Milan also added to the host of clubs battling it out for the 19-year-old, who is viewed as one of the brightest youngsters at Boca.
He made his debut for Boca Juniors at the age of 17 in the Copa Libertadores, and has gone on to make a further 36 appearances since, also grabbing himself a goal.
Boca president Daniel Angelici confirmed that a deal was already done with Juventus, despite the interest of other massive clubs.
“It is already signed. When I was in Switzerland recently Juventus informed me that that they were going to activate the option so I will travel to Turin soon in order to complete the deal. I think it’s very good business for Boca. Juventus will pay €7.5m for 50% of his rights,” Angelici told Argentinian TV TyC Sports.
“He must have something because there were a lot of clubs interested. Real Madrid made a proposal, Manchester (United) also came and Milan made a €14m formal offer to sign him.”