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Juventus and Inter set for transfer battle over Monza defender Carlos Augusto

Juventus and Inter Milan set for transfer battle over Monza defender Carlos Augusto

Juventus and Inter Milan are set to go head-to-head in the pursuit of AC Monza defender Carlos Augusto, according to Calciomercato.

Both clubs have been tracking the Brazilian left-back, who has been a revelation for Monza in their maiden Serie A campaign.

The 24-year-old bagged six goals and five assists to help the Biancorossi retain their top-flight status for at least another season with a mid-table finish.

However, his impressive numbers will prove a gift and a curse for Monza, who now face a fight to keep their highly-rated defender at the Stadio Brianteo beyond this summer.

Augusto will enter the final lap of his contract with Monza when the new season commences, leaving the club to consider their next line of action regarding his future.

It is unclear if Augusto will be receptive to a new contract, especially with several clubs circling with interest which could weaken Monza’s negotiating position.

If they are forced into a sale, Monza will reportedly demand around €20 million for his services as they look to make a significant profit from the defender’s departure.

He only cost them €4m when he joined from Brazilian side Corinthians in 2020.

Juventus are looking to provide competition for Alex Sandro and Filip Kostic on the left flank, with the former’s contract set to expire at the end of next season.

Sandro has been a staple for the Bianconeri since joining from Portuguese side Porto in 2015.

He proved his importance again after making 37 appearances across all competitions and contributing two assists this term.

Inter are also looking to reinforce their defence and provide support for Federico Dimarco, although they will need to sell Robin Gosen first before moving for Augusto.

Augusto has also drawn interest from several clubs in England, with Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Leicester City and Newcastle United also monitoring his situation at Monza.

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