Newcastle United are a ‘concrete option’ for highly-rated Juventus defender Radu Dragusin this summer.

That’s according to, who say the defender could be available on a free transfer with his contract expiring.

They explain that this morning there was talk of a possible ‘white smoke’ between Juventus and the player’s entourage over him renewing his deal and extending his stay with the Italian giants.

However, CM say that they have to ‘watch their backs’ because there are several teams interested in taking the 19-year-old away.

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According to their information, there are two particular suitors showing interest at this moment in time, RB Leipzig and Newcastle.

The Germans are likely to lose Dayot Upamecano in the summer and are eyeing Dragusin as a potential replacement for the Frenchman.

Newcastle, meanwhile, are said to be ‘pushing hard’ to get the defender, with manager Steven Bruce having made a ‘specific request’ for the club to sign him given Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez are out of contract in the summer.

A third option is Atalanta, who could offer Juve the chance to send the player to the club to develop once he’s signed a new deal, something they have done before.

Juventus, for their part, ‘has every intention’ of tying Dragusin down to a new deal but a lot will depend on the project they can present to the player, who is eager for playing time.

The talks between the two parties are thus ongoing, with Newcastle sure to keep a close eye on things.