By Romeo Agresti
Juventus have agreed a deal with Atalanta over the signing of Manolo Gabbiadini, who the Bianconeri plan to loan to Bologna for a season, Goal.com understands.
The Turin club have been tracking the Italy Under-21 international for some time, but have been forced into action by Udinese's sudden interest in the highly-rated forward.
Indeed, Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici spent all of Wednesday thrashing out a player-plus-cash agreement with Atalanta that will see the Old Lady pay approximately €3.8 million (£3m) for co-ownership of Gabbiadini and hand over Australia international James Troisi, who spent last season with Turkish outfit Kayserispor, to the Orobici.
Once the deal is finalised, the Serie A champions will honour a long-standing agreement with Bologna to send the player to the Dall'Ara for a year. Juve also intend to loan the Rossoblu right-back Marco Motta, who is deemed surplus to requirements by coach Antonio Conte.
In addition, Bologna sporting director Roberto Zanzi raised the possibility of taking Simone Padoin off the Bianconeri's hands for the upcoming season during talks with Paratici on Wednesday, but the midfielder could also be used as makeweight in any potential move for Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic.
While Juve will have little problem finding potential suitors for Padoin, they are still having great difficulty in drumming up interest in either Vincenzo Iaquinta or Jorge Martinez.
Nobody is interested in signing the pair outright. Consequently, the Bianconeri are now ready to cancel Iaquinta's contract and offering to contribute towards Martinez's wages should anyone be willing to take the Uruguayan on loan.