With Gonzalo Higuain reportedly stalling his return to Turin, Juventus are looking to the future with the dream of Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
Multiple Italian sources stated on Saturday that Higuain was doing everything possible to resist flying back to Italy, for a variety of reasons.
He went back to Argentina the moment the quarantine period concluded so that he could be with his mother, who is dealing with cancer.
Higuain is expected back next week, to undergo another quarantine period of 14 days ahead of the resumption of training sessions.
However, his refusal to return could lead to anything from a fine to the more extreme contract termination by mutual consent.
As his deal expires in June 2021, La Repubblica suggests it would save Juve approximately €27m.
This all leads Juve to look elsewhere and the Corriere dello Sport points out the ideal replacement is England international Kane.
His repeated injuries are a concern, but the 26-year-old has scored 17 goals in 25 competitive games for Spurs this season.
There’s more positive news for Juventus on this score, with the Daily Mail claiming Real Madrid have withdrawn their interest for Kane, preferring to focus on Kylian Mbappé in 2021.
That leaves largely just Manchester United as their challengers for the Tottenham hitman, who has a price-tag of €200m.
However, that was set before the coronavirus pandemic, which will inevitably have a knock-on effect for transfer fees all over the globe.
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