Newcastle remain in the hunt for Juventus defender Radu Dragusin, according to reports in Italy.
Dragusin is a man in demand, with his contract at Juventus set to expire in the summer. He so far only has one minute of Serie A action under his belt.
Therefore, he could be considering his future. The 19-year-old will be eager to start making more progress at senior level.
Juventus could yet offer him a better pathway to the first team, but talks over a new contract appear to be stalling.
According to Calciomercato.it, there is no agreement between the two parties for a renewal yet. Dragusin wants reassurances over the technical project Juventus will be offering him.
If they cannot guarantee him more gametime at senior level, he may decide to find a new club. The Premier League could be a potential destination.
The report reminds of interest from Newcastle, who are eyeing him on a free transfer.
However, the Magpies would also face competition from RB Leipzig and Atalanta. Tottenham have also been suggested as a potential suitor recently, although there is no mention of them from Calciomercato.
It is claimed that Dragusin would be open to staying with Juventus. However, the warning for the Italian champions is that his renewal is not a foregone conclusion – especially with clubs like Newcastle lurking in the background.
Newcastle set for another free defender
Dragusin is not the only defender who could be available for free that is on Newcastle’s radar.
Steve Bruce’s side are also interested in Matthew Bondswell, who left RB Leipzig in January.
The left-back is keen to return to England and it seems Newcastle may have won the race to sign him.