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Italian giants 'have asked for information' on Italy international as English club face competition to sign the Villarreal star, previously linked with a move to Barcelona

Juventus have shifted a part of their transfer focus onto Villarreal's Giuseppe Rossi after holding talks with the player's agent, Federico Pastorello, the representative has revealed.

Rossi, 24, was previously linked with Barcelona, but the move collapsed as the Spanish champions switched their attentions towards Alexis Sanchez of Udinese.

Those developments saw Tottenham declare their interest in Rossi after Harry Redknapp said the striker is a "top drawer" player.

However, the Premier League side face competition from Turin. Juventus have been chasing Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero, but see Rossi as an alternative if they cannot meet the €45 million clause set by Atletico for the Argentina forward.

Speaking to Studio Sport, Pastorello said: "Juventus have asked for information and this is normal as Giuseppe is a top player.

"But, I cannot confirm that Juventus want him. In fact, the only thing that is certain today is that Rossi has a five-year contract with Villarreal which he signed with satisfation in February."

Rossi scored 32 goals in all competitions last season and is reportedly valued at around €30m.

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