Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes will join Juventus on a loan deal with an €11.5m option to buy.

Howedes, who can play as both a centre-back and a full-back, came through the youth ranks at Schalke after making his debut for the Bundesliga club during the 2007-08 season.

However, various reports have claimed that the 29-year-old, who was a part of Germany's World Cup-winning squad in 2014, is set to join Serie A giants Juventus, who have been seeking a replacement for Leonardo Bonucci.

Sky Italia via ​Football Italia claim the initial loan deal will cost Juventus €3.5m while a permanent deal, should Howedes prove to be a hit in Turin, would set the Italian side back a further €11.5m.

​Gianluca DiMarzio believe Howedes will undergo his medical examinations on Wednesday, with Juventus still eager to conclude a deal for Lazio winger Keita Balde, while Kwadwo Asamoah should also be free to complete a €10m move to Galatasaray.

Bonucci recently left the Old Lady for AC Milan and has left a spot in Massimiliano Allegri's squad needing to be filled, with Juventus lining up with Daniele Rugani and Giorgio Chiellini at centre-back during the recent 4-2 win at Genoa on Saturday.

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Howedes will add depth to Juventus' already impressive squad, with the club aiming for another Serie A title success this season after winning their first two league games of the campaign.

​​Howedes played every minute of the 2014 World Cup success with Germany and has earned 44 caps for Joachim Low's side in total.