Date: 12th March 2021 at 9:00am
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A summer swoop for ’ 19-year-old defender looks to be a fading prospect, according to an update from Italian journalist Nicolo Schira.

What’s the story?

According to Schira, Juventus are closing in on completing a contract renewal for the Romanian youth international, who has also been linked in separate reports with the likes of Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur and VfL in .

The journalist claims Juventus and Dragusin’s entourage are ‘in very advanced talks to extend his contract’, with the defender poised to sign a new five-year senior deal.

However, separate reports from Calciomercato.it could keep hopes of a deal with Newcastle alive.

According to the separate report, there is no agreement between the two parties for a renewal as of yet. Dragusin is said to want reassurances over the ‘technical project’ Juventus will be offering him.

At present, Dragusin is set to be a free agent in the summer – something which caught the attention of numerous European sides, including Newcastle.

The 19-year-old is a breakout star for Juventus but finds himself competing with the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Merih Demiral for regular games.

It appears that guarantees of a development and/or regular minutes for Juve will be integral to concluding a deal.

The Verdict

Any deal looks to be out of Newcastle’s hands at this time.

However, the ever-contentious issue of regular minutes could be one final trump card Newcastle could play.

It appears that it is the decisive talking point over a new deal and the heavy competition for places at Juventus could be the opening needed for Newcastle to pounce on a bargain signing with the potential to revitalise their defence.