Transfer talk

Damiao wants Juventus move

May 1, 2012
By ESPN staff

Juventus head the lengthy queue to sign Internacional's highly-rated striker Leandro Damiao, according to the player's agent.

Leandro Damiao
GettyImagesLeandro Damiao: Making eyes at Juventus

• Spurs target Damiao set for move

Brazil international Damiao, who has been labelled 'the new Ronaldo' by the man himself, was the subject of bids from Tottenham and PSG during the January transfer window, but both were rebuffed by his club.

However, Internacional are expected to allow Damiao to make the move to Europe in the summer and despite Real Madrid showing an interest, the 22-year-old apparently has his heart set on in playing in Serie A.

"Leandro really likes Juventus, he wants to play for them because they are one of the best teams in the world. Juventus are our first choice," Vinicius Prates told TuttoMercatoWeb.

"Leandro is a valuable player, he has a lot of eyes on him, from all over Europe.

"I had contact with [Juventus officials] Fabio Paratici and Giuseppe Marotta last year. I know that compared to the directors of Real, they are better, so I would say that Leandro prefers Juventus to Real Madrid."

Damiao won the Copa Libertadores with Brazilian club Internacional in 2010 and has won five caps for his country.