Benedikt Howedes close to Juventus move

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Sky Sport Italia are reporting that Juventus are close to sealing a deal for FC Schalke 04 and Germany defender Benedikt Howedes.

Juventus director Beppe Marotta commented publicly on the situation, saying the German’s arrival at the club was ‘more than just a hypothesis’.

“We won’t deny that we had contacts; Howedes represents an interesting profile, but we still have to work out contractual issues with him and with Schalke 04. He is an option, perhaps more than just a hypothesis,” Marotta said.

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Benedikt Howedes has spent his entire professional career at FC Schalke 04; he joined the youth team as a 13-year-old, turned pro in 2007 and made over 300 appearances for the club, winning the German Cup and German Super Cup in 2011.

The proposal includes a €2-3 million fee for a season-long loan with the option to buy for an additional €7-8 million at the end of the campaign.

Benedikt Howedes’ versatility would be an invaluable asset for Massimiliano Allegri; he is predominantly a central defender but is more than capable of playing on the left or right side of defence.

Juventus kicked off their domestic season with a 3-0 victory over Cagliari, and drew Barcelona, Olympiakos and Sporting CP in their Champions League group.

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