By Nemanja Bjedov
Juventus, the most successful club in the history of Italian football, are set to sign 15-year-old Cypriot prodigy Grigoris Kastanos when the youngster turns 16 on January 30th of next year, according to numerous sources.
Kastanos, who was on trial with the Italian powerhouse during the summer, impressed coaches and it is believed Juve wanted to close the deal immediately to thwart Serie A side Udinese and Manchester City, who were both following the young Enosis Neon Paralimni prospect.
This is not the first time Juventus have added foreign players to their Primavera squad, as seen in the case of Norwegian midfielder Vajebah Sakor, who is now one of the most influential players in the Juve programme.
Primavera coach Andrea Zanchetta will now have to decide whether to use Kastanos as a striker or on the wing, since the Cypriot, who already featured for his country’s U17 national side, can play both positions and uses both feet equally well.
Seventeen-year-old Greek Anastasios Donis, Spaniard Sergio Buenacasa and Younes Marzouk of Morocco are some of the strikers Zanchetta currently has available, and Kastanos will clearly face tough competition to secure a regular spot in the starting line-up.