Juventus director general Beppe Marotta claims the club is closing on a deal for Villarreal forward Giuseppe Rossi.

The striker - born in Teaneck, New Jersey - is hot property this summer, with a number of clubs reported to be monitoring his situation in Spain.

Tottenham and reigning European champions Barcelona are also said to hold an interest in the Italy international.

It is, however, Juve who has edged ahead in the race to secure the 24-year-old's signature.

They have turned their attention to Rossi after seeing a move for Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero collapse.

It is understood that Juve has put a cash-plus-player offer to Villarreal, with the Turin giant prepared to part with €25million (£22.1m) and Felipe Melo.

It remains to be seen whether an agreement will be reached, but Marotta believes progress is being made in the negotiations.

"We are working without haste, but are focused on many objectives," he told tuttojuve .

"Rossi? We're getting there, it's true, but we are also tracking other players."