Look out Villa and Chelsea? Juventus scout £6.5m Dutch duo

PSV Eindhoven

Serie A giants did reconnaissance work in the Netherlands at the weekend.

Enjoy value signings? Juventus have quite a bit in the aftermath of Calciopoli and look to be carrying on in the same vein.

Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo and Fernando Llorente were all brought to Turin for free and have the Bianconeri charging towards a third straight domestic title - wrap your head around that.

And the Old Lady looks to be fixing her eyes on grabbing more talent at a discount, even if the youngsters under the microscope wouldn’t be coming to Turin at no cost.

Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that Juventus dispatched a scout to the Netherlands at the weekend to have a closer look at PSV Eindhoven's centre-back Jeffrey Bruma and striker Jurgen Locadia.

If those two names sound familiar, it’s because they’ve floated around Premier League circles before.

Locadia was linked with a £4m move to Aston Villa back in November - Paul Lambert believed to be plotting the capture of the next Christian Benteke with his star in demand.

Meanwhile, Bruma spent four years on the Chelsea books but was flogged off last summer after making just four appearances for the Blues.

Loan spells at Leicester City and Hamburg failed to convince the powers that be at Stamford Bridge of a bright future, though it’s believed Chelsea hold a buy-back option from his sale to PSV.

But Juventus should be plenty impressed with both men. Each got on the scoresheet in a 3-1 victory over Roda JC and scouting reports for boss Antonio Conte should be positive.

What’s not clear is if the Bianconeri will make a move for the pair this summer - though given their combined value of only £6.5m, the club hierarchy may be gleefully anticipating a double swoop.

It would fall within the bounds of their transfer market ideals at that price. And as Bruma is only 22 and Locadia a tender 20 - there’s plenty of room to grow for both.

Aston Villa could indeed have stiff competition on their hands for Locadia, whilst Chelsea’s decision on whether Bruma is worthy of donning blue may be rushed.

Juventus love value. Now the waiting game to see if they act on it begins.

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