Juventus lead Man United and Arsenal in Cerci hunt

Juventus are in pole position to complete the signature of Torino star Alessio Cerci, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Torino winger Alessio Cerci has attracted interest from Manchester United and Arsenal, but Juventus seem to be favourites to sign him from their city rivals.

The 26-year-old is on impressive form in Serie A with nine goals to his name for an unexceptional Torino team.

Cerci's exploits have reportedly put him on the radar of David Moyes and Arsene Wenger as well as Juventus coach Antonio Conte.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the most likely move is the shortest one, to Serie A leaders Juventus.

The player has stressed that he intends to stay with Torino in the short term but a summer switch looks increasingly likely.

"It's 100 percent that I'll stay in January," Cerci said after Torino v Fiorentina. "This club has given me so much.

"But in June, I confess, I don't know. We will see but I know that in the future I could leave."

Cerci's contract expires in 2015 and La Gazzetta claims that Juventus director Beppe Marotta is already closing in on agreeing a deal.

Rather than paying the £15m that is the widespread valuation for Cerci, the paper suggests that Juventus will offer a part-exchange agreement.

Torino would receive around £4m plus the other half of the rights to Under-21 striker Ciro Immobile and Sebastian Giovinco, who has become peripheral at Juventus.

However, it could still be possible for either Manchester United or Arsenal to pull off a swoop if they are willing to produce a large financial offer.

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