Gremio chief Andre Krieger has hinted that star fullback Felipe Mattioni is a step away from joining Juventus in January.

Mattioni's Italian agent, Mino Raiola, has close ties with Juventus, which are understood to be well down the road to completing the player's signing.

Krieger said: "The negotiations for the player were begun in mid 2008 and we know that he could leave at any time."

Juve are expected to land Mattioni for around £2 million.