Boca Juniors starlet Rodrigo Bentancur is set to join Juventus after the Serie A giants agreed to activate an option to buy 50% of his rights from the Argentinian side for €7.5m (£6.7m, $8.2m). Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan also made approaches to secure the services of the coveted 19-year-old midfielder but Boca president Daniel Angelici has confirmed that the Italian giants are ready to win the battle.
The Uruguay midfielder had attracted the attention of a number of big European giants after emerging as one of the biggest jewels of the prolific Boca academy.
In April, ESPN reported that Arsenal were closely monitoring his development ahead of luring him to the Emirates Stadium while other sources in recent months had linked him with both Real Madrid and AC Milan.
Yet, the Italian giants had a first option to buy 50% of his services as part of the deal that took Carlos Tevez back to the Argentinian side in the summer of 2015.
"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 before revealing that Real Madrid, Manchester United and Milan had also tried to secure his services.
"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."