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Thursday May 24 2012
Marotta talks Juventus transfers

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has answered transfer questions about Edinson Cavani, Marco Borriello, Didier Drogba, Sebastian Giovinco, Marco Verratti and Mattia Destro.

In an interview with Radio Radio on Thursday, the former Sampdoria official was quizzed on their summer transfer plans.

The club are expected to make changes in attack, with Napoli’s Cavani and available Bosman Chelsea striker Drogba paired.

“Cavani is an interesting player who could be integrated into this squad, but he belongs to Napoli and [President Aurellio] De Laurentiis is able to keep a tight grip on him,” he stated.

“A lot of names are being mentioned, but I can say that Drogba is not part of our plans. He’s not a priority target.”

Juve netted Borriello at the start of the year from Roma, as a replacement for Amauri and Luca Toni, with an option to keep him for €8m.

“We had an opportunity to grab Borriello in January and we took him on loan,” he said of the player who struggled to score just two goals.

“We knew of his ability and we have an option to sign him outright which we are evaluating.”

Another player who the club will have to make a decision on is Giovinco, the attacker who is co-owned with Parma.

“We thought it was best to send Giovinco out into the provinces to gain experience,” Marotta explained.

“It has been a positive for him, he has matured and is therefore ready for any stage. We’ll soon sort out the co-ownership with Parma.”

The Turin giants are also interested in two Under-21 internationals – Pescara playmaker Verratti and Siena striker Destro.

“Verratti is a good player who has shown well over the years. He’s a youngster who is destined to become a top level player. Experience is crucial though and Verratti will have to grow gradually.

“We are interested and we could consider leaving him at Pescara for another season.”

“Destro is a really interesting youngster. We’ll make our move and hopefully we’ll get him, but if we don’t then whoever signs him would have done well.”

Both Verratti and Destro were surprise inclusions in Cesare Prandelli’s preliminary 32-man squad for Euro 2012.

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