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Wednesday June 22 2011
Martinez offered back to Catania

Juventus' Jorge Martinez could return to Catania this summer after a difficult season in Turin.

The Uruguayan joined the Old Lady for €12m a year ago, but struggled for fitness and form with the Bianconeri.

Reports recently have linked him with a switch back to the Stadio Massimino and the Sicilian club have confirmed contact.

"It is true," Catania chief Pietro Lo Monaco noted. "There are talks taking place with Juventus and the player could return.

"However, I always prefer to sign new faces…"

Martinez has also been paired with moves to Fiorentina and Champions League qualifiers Udinese.

Juve do have to meet with Udinese this summer in order to resolve the futures of Simone Pepe and Marco Motta.

Both spent last season on loan in Turin and it is generally accepted that the Bianconeri want to sign them outright – even if Motta is then expected to be immediately sold on.

Pepe's transfer fee is already set at €7.5m and Motta, who has struggled at right-back, will cost Juve a further €3.75m.

Juve may hope to cover those charges by offering Martinez in return.

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