Juventus are lining up a swoop for Dutch playmaker Rafael van der Vaart as a possible replacement for Pavel Nedved who has beenn tipped to leave at the end of the season.

The 21-year-old Ajax attacker is not expected to remain at the Amsterdam ArenA beyond the season.

“If after this season, the right offer was made to the club, then I would look at it,” said van der Vaart.

“In the past, it has happened a lot with the young champions, from the immense Johan Cruyff to my friend van der Meyde.

“I will build up my experience by having a career at a large foreign club.”

Van der Vaart’s contract expires in 2006 but it is believed that the club will be prepared to release him at the end of the current campaign.


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