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Juventus target Leicester defender Timothy Castagne

Juventus target Leicester defender Timothy Castagne

Juventus have opened talks with Leicester City to sign right-back Timothy Castagne, according to Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Bianconeri have been scouring the market for a new right back, with Juan Cuadrado expected to leave the Allianz Stadium when his contract runs out at the end of this month.

Castagne would reportedly be open to returning to Serie A after plying his trade at Atalanta for three years before joining Leicester in 2020.

Juventus are keen to bolster their squad after a forgetful campaign where they only managed to secure a place in the Europa Conference League after finishing seventh in Serie A.

The Bianconeri boss Maximiliano Allegri has already given the green light for the club to snap up Castagne, who scored twice and set up four in 42 appearances in all competitions for Leicester last season.

The Belgium international is keen to leave the King Power Stadium this summer, with the Foxes relegated to the Championship after a horrendous Premier League campaign. Leicester are demanding at least €15 million for the defender.

Castagne is one of several players expected to leave this summer, with seven players already released following their relegation to the Championship.

Youri Tielemans, Caglar Soyuncu, Daniel Amartey, Nampalys Mendy, Ryan Bertrand, Ayoze Perez and Tete will exit the club when their contracts run out at the end of this month.

Star duo James Maddison and Harvey Barnes are also attracting interest from several top-flight clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United.

Both players were standout performers for the Foxes in a massively underwhelming campaign. Barnes finished as the top goalscorer with 13 goals, while Maddison scored ten times and set up a further nine.

Despite being in a heavily weakened negotiating position, Leicester are adamant they will not let their high-profile players leave for cheap.

They will demand at least £40m for Maddison, while Barnes is expected to cost a similar amount.

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