Torino President Urbano Cairo urged Juventus to leave them Ciro Immobile for another season. “It will send his price-tag through the roof.”
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It is unusual for the rivals to do business, but Immobile has been a revelation since joining Toro in a co-ownership deal this summer, scoring 13 Serie A goals.
“Giampiero Ventura was convinced he could do well here and I have a proposal for Juve: they should leave him with Toro for another year,” Cairo told La Stampa newspaper.
“It is a choice that will suit the lad, because he’s happy with us, and suits Juventus because another season like this will send his price-tag through the roof.
“If Beppe Marotta were to say no, then I’d go to a blind auction. It’s not an option that I like, but I am not the type to hold back.”
If two clubs cannot agree on either a renewal of a co-ownership or for one side to buy out the other, then they go to a blind auction at the end of the season.
This is when both clubs put a figure into a sealed envelope and the highest bid wins the remaining 50 per cent of his contract.
Torino’s other star striker, Alessio Cerci, is also only co-owned with Fiorentina.
“I will try to give him a reason to stay, though so far nobody has come forward asking me to negotiate,” noted Cairo.
“I hope he won’t ask me to listen to proposals. Of course, if a big club did come in for him, I wouldn’t try to clip his wings, just as I didn’t with Angelo Ogbonna.
“I want Cerci to stay because he is one of those players the fans are proud to have in their side.”