Liverpool's Mohamed Sissoko has revealed that he is "very close" to joining Serie A giants Juventus.
Claudio Ranieri has been chasing the player since the transfer window opened, and despite reports that Valencia are keen to take the Mali international back to the Mestalla, a move to Italy is looking more likely.
Sissoko has admitted that he would favour a move to Turin, a move which would give him the opportunity to work with Ranieri once more after playing under the Italian for one season whilst in Spain.
With Sissoko due to represent his country at the African Cup of Nations later this month, he is expected to make a loan move at first with Juve being giving the option of making the deal permanent at a later date.
"I'm still a Liverpool player," the midfielder told Radio Montecarlo.
"But I expect a big announcement in the next few days.
"My agent, Juve and Liverpool are working on my departure.
"Everyone is asking me whether I have already signed. I haven't yet but my move to Juventus is very close.
"I'm expecting the good news any moment now, but I'm enthusiastic about beginning a new adventure in Italy with the Bianconeri."