Juventus sporting director Alessio Secco has confirmed the club are closing in on a deal to sign Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg in the summer.
Sweden international Mellberg, who joined the Premier League club in July 2001 from Spain's Racing Santander, is out of contract at the end of the season and has already held talks with the Serie A giants.
Secco said: "Mellberg is close to signing a preliminary agreement with Juventus.
"If everything goes well, the player will become a Juve player in July. There are still minor things left to discuss before he signs the preliminary agreement."
Juve are also chasing Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko.
Bianconeri coach Claudio Ranieri worked with the Mali international at Valencia and is keen to take him to Turin.
"He is a player that we are interested in," added Secco.
"And we haven't ruled out the possibility of him joining us in the winter transfer window. We will see."
Source: Sporting Life