Juventus line up Astori as Bonucci replacement - report

As the former Bari defender prepares to learn his fate, the Old Lady have compiled a list of possible alternatives, and the Cagliari man is believed to be top of the pile
Juventus are ready to launch a bid for Davide Astori if Leonardo Bonucci is handed a three-year ban for his involvement in the Scommessopoli scandal, claims Tuttosport.

The Italy stopper is potentially facing a considerable spell out of football, having been charged with sporting fraud along with Bianconeri team-mate Simone Pepe, forcing the club to look into defensive reinforcements.

According to reports in Italy, Juve general manager Giuseppe Marotta had reportedly targeted Bruno Alves and Salvatore Bocchetti, but has now set his sights on the Cagliari centre-back, who is expected to leave Sardinia this summer.

The Scudetto holders are expected to propose a cash-plus-player offer to the Rossoblu, with young Dutch midfielder Ouasim Bouy the likeliest man to go in the opposite direction.

However, there is also a chance that a new face will not be brought in, as they have faith in Martin Caceres and Alberto Masi's ability to make the step up next season, while Lucio has already been secured from Inter Milan.

The publication also claims that the Italian champions have cooled their interest in Pablo Armero for the time being, and instead switched their attentions to Federico Peluso.

The Colombian left-back appeared to be on the verge of completing a transfer to Turin, but Udinese now want him to stay put for their Champions League play-off campaign.

Regarding departures, Felipe Melo is still being tipped to join Galatasaray despite the sluggish nature of his switch to Istanbul, while Jorge Martinez is at the centre of a transfer tug-of-war between Mallorca and Stuttgart.

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