Rodrigo Bentancur: Tottenham rivalling Aston Villa for defensive midfielder after Villa have £20.5m bid rejected

Tottenham have joined Aston Villa in the race to sign Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur; Aston Villa's opening offer of £16.5m with £4m in bonuses for Uruguayan rejected by Juve; Italian side want around £21m up front to be interested in a sale

Rodrigo Bentancur is valued at around £16m by Juventus
Image: Tottenham and Aston Villa target Rodrigo Bentancur has been at Juventus for four-and-a-half years

Tottenham are rivalling Aston Villa for Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur after Villa had a £20.5m bid rejected for the Uruguayan, according to Sky in Italy.

Villa's opening offer was worth around £16.5m, with more than £4m in bonuses, but Juve want around £21m up front to be interested.

Sky in Italy believe the two sides are not too far apart in their negotiations before the transfer window shuts on Monday.

But Tottenham are also now interested in the Uruguayan, although the north London side are looking at a loan deal, which the Serie A side are not keen on.

Sky Sports News understands Juve are holding out for more money, partly because 30 per cent of the fee would go to Bentancur's former club Boca Juniors as part of a sell-on clause in his contract.

Juventus signed Bentancur from Boca Juniors for £8m in July 2017 with his current contract expiring in the summer of 2024.

Could Aston Villa secure the services of Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur?
Image: Juventus want £21m up front to be interested in any sale of Bentancur

Villa boss Steven Gerrard believes the 24-year-old would strengthen his midfield options, and specifically offer good competition for Douglas Luiz.

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Bentancur has made 26 appearances for Juve in all competitions this season, but has started 13 of their 23 Serie A matches.

Spurs in talks with Juve over Kulusevski

Bentancur is not the only Juventus player Tottenham are interested in ahead of the window shutting on Monday.

Spurs are in talks to sign winger Dejan Kulusevski on loan, although no agreement has been reached yet and there is no decision if an option to buy will be included in any deal.

TURIN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 18: Juventus player Dejan Kulusevski with Fabio Paratici during the unveiling press conference at Allianz Stadium on September 18, 2020 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Badolato - Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)
Image: Spurs' transfer chief Fabio Paratici (left) signed Kulusevski during his time at Juventus

The move for the Sweden international comes after Liverpool moved into pole position to sign Porto winger Luis Diaz, who prefers a move to Jurgen Klopp's side rather than Spurs, while Wolves wide man Adam Traore is on the verge of joining Barcelona.

Tottenham have now turned their attentions to the 21-year-old, who was signed at Juve by Tottenham's managing director football Fabio Paratici when he was the Italian side's transfer chief.

Kulusevski joined Juve from Atalanta in a deal worth up to £37m in January 2020 and his contract expires in the summer of 2025.

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