Arias denies imminent Juventus switch

Santiago Arias says it would be “a dream to play for Juventus” but denied he has already secured a deal with the Serie A champions.

The 26-year-old Colombian international defender, who was named in his country’s preliminary 35 man squad for the 2018 World Cup, excelled for PSV in the Eredivisie last season.

The former Sporting player made 35 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring three goals and assisting a further six.

Some reports have suggested that Arias has already completed a medical with Juve, but he has since denied this.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Arias said he was aware of the media speculation surrounding his imminent future.

He said: “I read that too, but to be honest, when it was written that I was in Turin, I was still in Holland.

“I don’t know what will happen with my future, as I have no news right now. Of course, it’d be a dream to play for Juve…”

Arias is a reported replacement for Stephan Lichtsteiner who is on the verge of joining Arsenal.