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Battle on for Meghni

Juventus and Real Madrid are ready to lock horns in the summer.

Juventus and Real Madrid are ready to lock horns in the summer in the battle to sign Bologna playmaker Mourad Meghni.

The France Under-21 international is rated as one of the brightest talents in European football and is among a number of burgeoning footballers to be saddled with the tag of the 'new Zinedine Zidane'.

His displays in Serie A this season have prompted repeated rumours that he is wanted by Juventus, who have been long-term admirers of the youngster.

But Spanish titans Real are also keen on the schemer, whose exit from Bologna is likely to be sanctioned in the summer.

Bologna stood firm during the January transfer window, amid rumours Meghni would leave, but it appears a ‚é¼10 million bid will tempt the club.

Meghni is under contract to Bologna until 2007 but the Serie A side are not expected to stand in the player's way if a major club come calling.

Ambitious Palermo have been mooted as admirers but Meghni is only interested in signing for a pre-eminent club, even it would mean being loaned out for his first season.

Real's sporting director Arrigo Sacchi is a fan of Meghni and recently returned to Italy on a mission to watch the player in action, only for injury to prevent the attacker from figuring against Roma.

Sacchi is continuing to monitor Meghni through the remainder of the campaign but is likely to be rivalled by Juve at the end of the season.

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