Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko has confirmed he is close to sealing a move to Juventus.
The Mali international has dropped down the pecking order at Anfield and his reported £10m departure could provide the funds for Liverpool to complete the permanent signing of Javier Mascherano.
“I’m still at Liverpool but I expect a big announcement in the next few days,” Sissoko told Radio Montecarlo.
“My agent, Juve and Liverpool are working on my departure and my move to Turin is very close.”
It is thought Sissoko may initially leave the club on a loan deal, with Juve being given the option to buy him at the end of the season.
“I’m expecting good news any moment now, but I’m enthusiastic about beginning a new adventure in Italy with the Bianconeri,” he said.
Mascherano’s 18-month loan spell at Liverpool is due to end in the summer, but manager Rafael Benitez is confident of negotiating a permanent deal with Media Sports Investments, the consortium which “owns” Mascherano. The Argentinian is available at a cost of £17m – a figure the club’s owners have reportedly been reluctant to pay.