Juventus Closing In On Benedikt Höwedes


Schalke 04 defender Benedikt Höwedes will undergo a medical on Wednesday ahead of his move to Serie A giants Juventus.

The 29-year-old had been linked to Liverpool and Inter Milan during the summer transfer window, but the Italian champions are now finalising a €15 million move to capture him. Although details of the deal are yet to be finalised, all signs indicate Höwedes will sign a season-long deal with The Old Lady and will move permanently to the club ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Höwedes’ move does not look like a sexy signing on paper, but there is no question he will be quite useful for Massimiliano Allegri. The former Schalke 04 star can add some much-needed cover on defence following the departure of Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan, but he can also operate as a left-back so he could potentially spell Alex Sandro at times.

Juventus have been quite active on the transfer market this summer. Aside from being details away from signing Howedes, they also secured moves for Federico Bernardeschi, Blaise Matuidi, Rodrigo Betancur, Mattia De Sciglio, Douglas Costa and Wojciech Szczesny, while also making permanent moves to sign Mehdi Benatia and Juan Cuadrado from Bayern Munich and Chelsea, respectively.

Höwedes has won 44 caps for the Germany national team in addition to 335 total appearances for Schalke, with 23 goals and 13 assists for his club over the course of his career.