Juventus mulling over move for Chelsea forward Kalou

The Ivorian is out of contract at the end of the season and has attracted interest from around Europe but the Bianconeri are still not sure whether to bring the forward to Turin
By Romeo Agresti

Juventus have yet to decide whether to join the race to sign Chelsea attacker Salomon Kalou, Goal.com understands.

The Ivory Coast international is out of contract at the end of the season and is unlikely to pen a new contract with the Blues at this late stage.

Consequently, Kalou has reportedly attracted the interest of a number of Chelsea's Premier League rivals, with Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool all said to be keen on snapping up the 26-year-old on a free transfer.

However, Goal.com has learned that Kalou has also been offered to Italian giants Juventus. Indeed, a known Fifa-registered agent has been in regular contact with the Bianconeri over the phone, urging the Old Lady to make a move for the player.

Kalou is viewed as an attractive, low-cost alternative to Simone Pepe but Juve have yet to make up their mind on the matter.

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The Bianconeri's sporting director, Fabio Paratici, has been a regular visitor to Stamford Bridge this season and attended Chelsea's Champions League clash with Barcelona last month with the specific intention of watching Kalou in action.

However, it is believed that Paratici also retains an interest in Blues midfielder Raul Meireles and striker Didier Drogba.

The 39-year-old director's frequent trips to west London may also have had something to do with the fact that Chelsea made an enquiry in January about taking Juve's out-of-favour winger Milos Krasic on loan for the remainder of the season.

However, that idea was immediately rejected by the Serie A leaders, who are only willing to entertain a permanent transfer for a player who has been deemed surplus to requirements by coach Antonio Conte this season.

Regardless of whether Chelsea decide to make another move for Krasic, the Serb is destined to leave Turin in the summer, but it is uncertain whether Kalou will be brought in in his place.