According to a report by TEAMtalk, Derby County are among a host of clubs tracking Juventus ace Stephy Mavididi.
The youngster departed Arsenal to join Serie A champions Juventus last summer. Mavididi originally joined the U23 development squad, but impressive performances prompted a full first-team debut late in the campaign.
Derby are said to be eyeing the striker on a season-long loan deal. However, the Rams are cited as one of nine clubs including Newcastle, Aston Villa and Everton keen on him.
Rams manager Frank Lampard used the loan market to his advantage last summer. He signed Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori on loan from Chelsea, while Harry Wilson arrived from Liverpool. All three players made a huge difference to the team as the Rams reached the Championship playoff final at Wembley.
How Stephy Mavididi could be an inspired signing for Derby County:
Unfortunately for Lampard and his Derby side, the Midlands club missed out on promotion. Now, there are gaping holes to plug and in Wilson’s case, 18 goals and several assists to replace.
Mavididi could be considered a player capable of replicating that impressive goal tally. The need for extra fire power was evident last season when both Martyn Waghorn and Jack Marriott struggled for fitness.
Mavididi, 21, was born in Derby. He may see how the club’s loan stars from last season have developed at Pride Park. The striker has a long way to go before becoming a Juve regular, therefore a loan spell back in England makes sense.
Derby, meanwhile, will hope the speculation surrounding Lampard’s future doesn’t affect their transfer planning. Next season promises to be another battle for promotion, and the Rams need a good summer of recruitment to help push them on.