Tuttosport says Juve sports chief Alessio Secco has had the Brazil international watched 12 times already this season and knows it will cost over £15 million to prise him away from Germany.

Secco plans to fund their bid for Diego with the sale of Argentine midfielder Sergio Almiron.

Diego revealed today: "When I was still at Santos I was contacted by Juve. It fascinated me the idea of playing alongside Alessandro Del Piero, then, unfortunately, the negotiations ran aground."